SHAVER LAKE, CA (STL.News) Governor Gavin Newsom visited a fuel break made possible by executive action in 2019 that helped firefighters respond to last year’s devastating Creek Fire, and highlighted the agreement on a $536 million legislative package to accelerate fire prevention projects that protect communities.
“Perhaps nowhere is the threat of wildfires caused by climate change more evident than here in Fresno County, where the state’s tree mortality caused by drought stress is greatest. Fuel breaks, like the one we toured today, play a key role because they can disrupt fire behavior, slow progression and provide crews with a place to take a stand against the fire,” said Governor Newsom. “This year, we are budgeting more than $1 billion, with more than $500 million in early action spending for fire prevention including fuel breaks, forest health and home hardening to help protect Californians from catastrophic wildfires.”
The legislative package builds on $323 million in early action funding for wildfire prevention included in Governor Newsom’s proposed 2021-2022 budget. The package will fund forest management projects to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk and restore the ecological health of forests, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities to protect residents and property, and community hardening infrastructure to mitigate wildfire damage.