Just this week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced it is awarding $2 million to local California Fire Safe Councils to reduce the increased risk of wildfires due to the massive tree mortality in Northern and Central California, according to Business Wire. The U.S. Forest Service has said that more than 29 million trees have died due to historic drought and bark beetle infestations. The $2 million from PG&E will be used to protect communities from wildfires in at least 18 high fire-risk California counties by clearing brush and dead, dying or diseased trees this fire season.
This is the third consecutive year PG&E has partnered with local California Fire Safe Councils to fund "shovel-ready" projects. This season the projects include fuel reduction, shaded fuel breaks, emergency ingress and egress clearing, and wood-chipping programs in PG&E’s service area.
PG&E Awards $2 Million in Wildfire Prevention Project Grants | Business Wire
PG&E is also telling its customers how 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 are a California resident living in the northern or central part of the state, learn more about PG&E's partnership with your local Fire Safe Council and how you can help reduce the risk of wildfire around your home and in your neighborhood.
Additional information about how to keep your yard healthy, green and Firewise, visit www.firewise.org and check out the "home and landscaping" web page for tips, videos and other resources you can use today, and share with family and friends.