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Siskiyou County Tracks Fire Expenses

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YREKA, Calif. — With several fires burning in Siskiyou County including the Oregon Gulch Fire and the Beaver Fire, many county resources are being used to get them under control.

In order to make sure the fire costs are being recorded, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Center is going through a very specific process.

Each time a meal is bought or a tank of gas is filled up with county funds, there are documents that must be filled out by workers. Each fire is recorded separately, and totals are produced after each fire is extinguished.

“You have so many different county agencies working together. Whether it’s the [agriculture department, being with the sheltering of animals the sheriff’s department doing evacuations, or OES coming¬†in to coordinate everything. So we have so many different pieces in there and it’s important
that everybody gets tracked,” said Allison Giannini, a¬†Public Information Officer with the Emergency Operations Center and Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.
Depending on severity and cost, the sheriff’s department can then submit the finances for state, and even federal reimbursements to help curve the county costs.