Crews in California are beginning a fuel reduction project as part of a State of Emergency for risk of wildfires declared by Governor Gavin Newsom. Andy Hubbs with Cal Fire says the project is a strategy to give crews the upper hand when a wildfire sparks.
Governor Newsom issued 35 projects around the state to protect some of California’s most vulnerable communities. Phase one of the project started Monday in Santa Cruz County. Crews will be using heaving equipment to remove small diameter trees and underbrush along prominent ridge lines in and around the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and other fire-prone areas. The areas have high potential for significant fires due to a combination of fuel conditions, fire history and topography, according to officials. The goal is to create defensible space for firefighters in case of a wildfire.