California takes financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires

  • A home leveled by the Delta Fire rests in a clearing in Pollard Flat area of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

  • A fire vehicle drives along Interstate 5 as the Delta Fire burns in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The highway remains closed in both directions as crews battle the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

  • A scorched VW Beetle rests in a clearing after the Delta Fire burned through the Lamoine community in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — California is taking a financial wallop from unrelenting wildfires that have drained its firefighting budget and prompted nearly $1 billion in property claims even before the start of the dangerous fall fire season, officials said Thursday.

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