Gov. Brown Warns Californians of Cost of Impending Wildfires

Governor Jerry Brown told reporters Wednesday that large and destructive wildfires will continue throughout the state over the next decade and could cost California billions of dollars. 

“The more serious predictions of warming and fires to occur later in the century, 2040 or 2050, they’re now occurring in real time,” Brown said at a news conference at the state’s emergency operations center outside Sacramento.

Brown plans to visit some of the communities devastated the most by the raging fires and warned residents in fire-prone areas to stay on alert. 

During the conference, he urged major changes to environmental policy and firefighting demands were needed for the future.

“We’re going to have to adapt. We’re going to have to change our technology,” Brown said. “But in the meantime, we’re going to spend a hell of a lot of money and there’s going to be a lot of unpleasant events.”

Gov. Brown, who signs any fire-related legislation, could increase the amount of money taxpayers pay in electricity and insurance rates over the next few years for his fight to combat the environmental influences he believes are causing the wildfires. 

Read the full story at LA Times

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