Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded Lassen County Fire Safe Council $100,000 to fund fuel treatments in the Clear Creek community in Lassen County. Photo submitted

PG&E funds two Fire Safe Council fuel reduction projects

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded Lassen County Fire Safe Council $100,000 to fund fuel treatments in the Clear Creek community in Lassen County.

Funds are being used to remove dead, dying and hazard trees that pose a risk to habitable structures and electrical lines within the community.

The project is being implemented in conjunction with a Cal Fire California Climate Initiative/ Fire Protection Grant which together are funding tree removal around more than 40 homes in Clear Creek.

The overall project is focusing on three critical community needs: Reducing hazardous fuel loads along the Indian Ole Road corridor, which will provide safer evacuation routes; Reducing hazardous fuel loads in power line corridors, which protects critical community infrastructure, and; Maintaining and expanding fuel breaks that protect the community where it bumps up against wildlands.

Since 2014 PG&E has provided LCFSC with more than $700,000 to protect communities within the Lassen and Shasta County communities of Clear Creek, Little Valley, Day Lassen Bench and Westwood. Previous PG&E funded Clear Creek work included fuel breaks to the north and east of the community and brush removal along a PG&E transmission line that LCFSC implemented in conjunction with PG&E.

“Once again we are grateful for the tremendous boost PG&E is providing to our efforts to reduce fire risk in local communities,” said Lloyd Keefer, LCFSC chair. “We are putting these funds to work immediately and the PG&E funded treatments are planned to be completed in the month of October 2019.”

“The safety of the communities we serve is the top priority for PG&E and we are once again committed to support local wildfire prevention efforts in Lassen and Shasta counties. This collaboration among PG&E, and the Lassen County Fire Safe Council will help the communities we serve prevent and prepare for wildfires,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley division.