Just this week, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) announced it's awarding $2 million to local California Fire Safe Councils to reduce the increased risk of wildfires due to the massive tree mortality rate in Northern and Central California, according to Business Wire. The U.S. Forest Service says that more than 29 million trees have died due to historic drought and bark beetle infestations. The $2 million will be used to help protect communities from wildfires in at least 18 high-risk wildfire counties in California by clearing brush and dead, dying or diseased trees this wildfire season.
This is the third consecutive year PG&E has partnered with local California Fire Safe Councils to fund "shovel-ready" projects. The projects this fire season include fuel reduction, shaded fuel breaks, emergency ingress and egress clearing, and wood-chipping programs in PG&E's service areas.
PG&E is telling its customers that they can help prevent property damage, power outages and wildfires by inspecting trees on their property. PG&E will remove dead, dying or diseased trees near high-voltage power lines for free. If you're a California resident living in the northern and central part of the state, learn more about the PG&E partnership with your local California Fire Safe Council and what you can do to help lower wildfire risks around your home and in your neighborhood.
Additional information about keeping your yard clean, green and Firewise, visit www.firewise.org and check out the "home and landscape" page for ideas, tips, videos and more that you can share with friends and neighbors.