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One Mile Barriers to Forest Fires – Controlled Burns and Fuel Breaks 1957-1977

• by Brian Wang

There was an 84-page document that describes the practice of 300 foot to one-mile wide fuel breaks.

There have been repeated calls for more controlled burns and fuel breaks.

Earlier in 2018, there was a proposed new commitment of $1 billion to reduce the risk of megawildfires across the state. The legislation, if signed, would commit $165 million a year for five years to thin forests and $35 million a year for five years to fund prescribed burning projects.

This bill for money for prescribed burns was passed.

Even more money needs to be dedicated to controlled burns. Controlled burns need to be used to help establish fuel breaks.

There is a CalFire plan to triple the amount of controlled burns. There also need to be dedicated extra staff hired to perform the burns on an increased number of burn days.

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