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California Lawmakers United in Effort to Rebuild After California Wildfires

"These were the worst fires in California's history and, as a result, they left unprecedented damage in their wake."

- Rep. Mike Thompson

In Sarah Wire's report for the Los Angeles Times, she describes how California's entire congressional delegation is united in its effort to obtain federal funding to rebuild after the wildfires in wine country. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Mike Thompson wrote, "These were the worst fires in California's history." Mike Moffitt for the San Francisco Chronicle points out that October is typically the worst month for wildfires.

Based on loss of life alone - a reported 43 people - the wildfires that tore through Tubbs, Sonoma and Napa counties are the worst on record in California.

Billions in Damage

"This is truly one of the greatest if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced. The devastation is just unbelievable, it's a horror that no one could have imagined."

- Gov. Jerry Brown

Various sources put the damage at billions of dollars. Rep. Thompson's letter to the House Appropriations Committee, dated Dec. 1, asks for $4.4 billion in relief (as well as certain tax relief for survivors). California would use the $4.4 billion to rebuild, according to Wire in the Los Angeles Times. Rebuilding is a necessity in many parts of Northern California, with the wildfires having destroyed thousands of homes and other structures across hundreds of thousands of acres.

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