CAL FIRE Awards Fire Prevention Grants in High Tree Mortality Areas Including Madera, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties
2008 Telegraph Fire in Mariposa County
Projects to reduce wildfire threat in areas hit hard by drought and bark beetles
Mariposa County Projects
Mariposa - $98,482.00 - Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Cons. Council - Yosemite West Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project - Dead Tree/Brush/Def Space
Mariposa - $93,390.00 - Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, Inc. - Reducing the Threat via Removal of Downed Dead Trees - Remove Downed Trees/Def Space
Mariposa - $85,750.00 - Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, Inc. - Mariposa Countywide Community Chipping of Hazardous Fuels Program - Remove Downed Trees/Def Space
Madera County Projects
Madera - $99,702.00 - Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Cons. Council - North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility - Biomass Processing Operation
Madera - $50,000.00 - Timberview Area Firewise Imprvmt. Council - Timberview Area Firewise Improvement Council Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project - Purchase Chipper and CEQA
Madera - $97,000.00 - Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, Inc. - Hazard Reduction Lake Shore Park Bass Lake CA - Removal Dead & Dying Trees
February 1, 2016 - Sacramento – With massive tree mortality across California, CAL FIRE announced Monday it has awarded 19 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants in six counties that have been greatly affected by tree mortality. Over $1.7 million was approved for local projects focused on the removal of dead and dying trees in order to reduce the wildfire threat around homes within the counties of Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Tuolumne.
“With over 29 million dead or dying trees and following a very devastating fire season in California, the work that these grants will produce is essential in preventing destructive wildfires and protecting Californians in areas hit hard by tree mortality,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director and state forester. “These projects will lead to positive results in those counties hit hardest by tree mortality due to drought and bark beetle infestation.”
CAL FIRE worked quickly to streamline and expedite the review and approval of the grants based on the October 30, 2015, Governor’s State of Emergency due to tree mortality. These projects will reinforce CAL FIRE’s ongoing efforts to reduce the risk and potential impacts of large, damaging wildfires in areas experiencing significant tree mortality.
California’s 2015-16 State Budget provided for $5 million in local grants from the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund aimed at funding local entities’ efforts to augment CAL FIRE’s ongoing fire prevention activities. The remaining $3.2 million of grant funds to be awarded will follow the established review process over the next couple of months and will support projects that contribute to fire prevention efforts around homes across the State within the State Responsibility Area.
To learn more about the bark beetle epidemic and the effects on California’s trees, visit: www.PrepareForBarkBeetle.org.
Source: CAL FIRE