By Christopher Baker

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California Sen. Alex Padilla has introduced a new bill that would have the federal government pay a larger portion of the cost of fighting wildfires.

Currently, some Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants are capped at a 75% and 25% split between the federal government and state/local agencies. Padilla’s bill looks to raise that 75% federal cap in certain circumstances.

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In 2021, California experienced the most expensive fire to fight in U.S. history. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, the Dixie Fire cost federal and state agencies about $637 million to fight.

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The Beckworth Fire complex Fire cost about $543 million to fight, with the Caldor Fire coming in at third, costing $271 million to fight.

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Those three fires were part of the 2.6 million acres that were burned in 2021. So far, in 2022, more than 9,000 acres have burned.