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Meeting held in San Diego to assess wildfire preparedness

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State officials are looking ahead to make sure we're prepared for future wildfires.

A meeting of the Joint Legislative Emergency Services Committee was held in San Diego Wednesday.

Senator Christine Kehoe said the purpose is to assess where Cal Fire and the Office of Emergency Services are in preparation for the fire season. She says the state always has enough money to fight fires, but most of it comes after the fact and is pulled from other programs.

"This is not going away. We need to do more planning at the front end of back country development. We need to do more planning with our budgeting and see if we can reduce these fires," Kehoe said.

Kehoe says firefighting costs have gone up almost 100 percent in the past five to six years.

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