Reduce backcountry fire hazards

Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Assemblymember Marie Waldron
It’s easier to prevent wildfires than to control them once they’ve started. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 19, which will provide $25 million for vegetation management along county-maintained roads. Auto-related wildfires are a major problem in California. In 2016 and 2017, almost 25% of local wildfires were vehicle-related. The Carr Fire, the state’s seventh largest, began when sparks from a flat tire ignited brush along a highway in Northern California. The fire killed eight people, burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,500 structures, and cost over $1.6 billion. We can prevent many of these fires by eliminating the fuel source. AB 19 will establish a general fund grant program to help county road maintenance departments and local fire districts in high Fi
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