August 8, 2017 > Leter to the Editor: Drought Emergency Over, but Wildfire Season May be Worse
Leter to the Editor: Drought Emergency Over, but Wildfire Season May be Worse
The drought is over, but the damage has already been done. According to the U.S. Forest Service, between 2010 and 2016, more than 102 million trees died in California. In addition, the wet winter fueled the growth of a significant grass crop. The recent Grizzly Fire is a reminder that this combination may exacerbate this wildfire season.
ThatÕs why Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with local Fire Safe Councils for the fourth year in a row, providing nearly $2 million in project funding this year to reduce the threat of wildfires.
In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Diablo Fire Safe Council will use $75,000 in PG&E funding to remove dead and dying trees, remove brush, and fund chipping days.
Each of us can do our part by maintaining defensible space around our homes, creating an evacuation and family communication plan, and assembling an emergency supply kit. You can even download the new CAL FIRE ready for wildfire app.
Cheryl Miller, Diablo Fire Safe Council
Laura Wetmore, PG&E Mission division