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California forest fire cleanup to cost at least $3 billion

FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2018 file photo, a house burned down by a forest fire is located on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. The authorities estimate that it costs at least $3 billion through the rubble of 19,000 homes destroyed by forest fires California in the last month. State and federal officials, disaster relief, said Tuesday, Jan. 11, that the private contractors will probably begin the removal of rubble in January of Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and the costs are likely to exceed initial estimates. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SAN FRANCISCO – State and federal authorities estimated Tuesday that it costs at least $3 billion rubble of 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California forest fires of last month.

The officials, disaster response, said the cleanup costs far exceed the record cleanup cost of $ 1.3 billion, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers spent on the removal of the remains in Northern California in 2017.

California Office of Emergency services Director Mark Ghilarducci said that the state will manage cleaning contracts of this time. Hundreds of Northern California homeowners complained contractors last year, paid for by the tonnes disposed of to a lot of dirt and damaged continuous driveways, sidewalks and pipes. The state OES spent millions of dollars repairing that damage.

Ghilarducci said that the state OES to hire auditors and monitors to watch over the removal of remains in the hope of cutting down the number of over-enthusiastic contractors.

“We have learned that a large number of the things,” last year, Ghilarducci said.

He said that the U.S. Corps of Engineers asked for the effort of last year because the state resources were stretched thin after answering more than a dozen forest fires. This year, he said, state officials can manage the cleaning and the cost will be shared between the state, federal and local governments.

He said he expected the cleanup to begin in January and take approximately a year to complete. State and federal officials are currently removing hazardous household materials from the damaged properties.

Most of the work will take place in the North of California, where the most devastating forest fire destroyed the city of Paradise.

Insurers estimate of the industry will be faced with at least $10 billion in claims from homeowners and businesses were damaged or destroyed in the most recent forest fires.

California Insurance Commissioner said the carriers received $11.8 billion in claims because of the 2017 wine country of fires.

Jones has been warned with an increased risk of forest fires in California could prompt insurers to raise premiums or refuse to sell policies fully to homes in high-risk areas.

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