CAL FIRE announced Friday that 34 California counties will receive $15 million to help reduce the threat of wildfires. Much of the money will be used to remove dead and dying trees.
CAL FIRE says the money will be spread across 34 counties to remove dead and dying trees and thin fuels that could make wildfires worse. A little more than $9 million comes from state funds and fees collected from homeowners who live in the wildland-urban interface. Another $6 million comes from the state’s general fund. The US Forest Service estimates that more than 100 million trees have died in California forests since the drought began.
The money will be used to prevent trees from falling on roads, homes and other infrastructure. The funds are targeted to communities where the state is financially responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfires.