CAL FIRE engages in fuels reduction work and fire prevention activities year-round. Preventing uncontrolled wildfire spread in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) is a vital part of CAL FIRE’s mission. Fuels reduction activities are a key tool for firefighters, land managers, and property owners. These activities include the removal or reduction of overgrown vegetation through the use of prescribed fire, tree thinning, pruning, chipping, androadway clearance, among others. The purpose of any fuels reduction project is to reduce and rearrange the vegetation, creating breaks in fuel continuity that change fire behavior, reduce negative ecosystem impacts and enable fire fighters to protect communities.
Fuels reduction work is done by dedicated CAL FIRE Fuels Reduction Crews, California National Guard, California Conservation Corps, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and CAL FIRE fire suppression resources including firefighter hand crews and engine crews when they are not responding to other emergencies. In addition, CAL FIRE funds millions of dollars of local projects through its grant’s programs.
Fuels reduction projects are planned, implemented and funded by several CAL FIRE programs, including: The California Fire Plan, Vegetation Management Program, Forest Health Grants, and Fire Prevention Grants. Some projects may also be completed under the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP).The CAL FIRE-Office of the State Fire Marshal, Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Division also has a role in planning these fuels reduction projects that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities.
Fire is an essential ecological process in fire-dependent ecosystems, such as California wildlands. However, many ecosystems in the state are more vulnerable to droughts, insect outbreaks, severe wildfires, and impacts from a changing climate. Millions of Californians live in or near these wildlands today, and many more depend on the benefits these ecosystems provide.
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