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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 30, 2013
Read the audit of Cal Fire's cost recovery program, training fund

130829-fire-saw-training-cal-fire.jpgOur story in today's Bee highlights the findings of a new state audit that says the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had no authority to create a $3.6 million off-the-books training fund fed with money from civil lawsuits settlements and didn't properly account for what the money purchased.

More broadly, auditors found that Cal Fire managers weren't tracking cases the Cal Fire Civil Cost Recovery Program, which has billed and sued responsible parties for nearly $100 million in firefighting costs since 2005.

Here's the audit:

Final Report-Wildland Fire Investigation Training and Equipment Fund

PHOTO: Firefighter Nick Pimlott carries a chain saw during a training exercise near Jackson, Calif. on April 25, 2013.

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