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State Creates Prescribed Fire Liability Fund

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SACRAMENTO — Today, the State of California will roll out a first-of-its-kind approach to curbing the state’s catastrophic wildfire problem by providing new protections for prescribed fire and cultural burning practitioners. The $20 million allocated for the “Prescribed Fire Liability Claims Fund Pilot” will cover losses in the rare instance that a prescribed or cultural burn escapes control. California Senator ...

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CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits

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MARIPOSA– After another wet winter and above average snowpack, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of ...

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Oak Fire Arson Arrest

MARIPOSA—CAL FIRE Law Enforcement Officers arrested 71-year-old Edward Fredrick Wackerman on Friday, June 16, 2023, in Mariposa County. Through an extensive investigation, Wackerman, a local Mariposa resident, has been identified as the suspect responsible for igniting the Oak fire in July 2022. The Oak fire occurred in the Midpines area in Mariposa County. The Oak fire burned 19,244 acres of ...

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First Annual Wildfire Safety Saturday

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OAKHURST–In conjunction with California Wildfire Preparedness Week, The First Annual Wildfire Safety Saturday will be taking place this weekend in Oakhurst. Several local agencies and organizations will be present, and participants will have the opportunity to receive information on a variety of issues related to wildfires. WHEN: Saturday, May 6th, 2023 10:00 am to 4:00 pm WHERE: Enterprise Parking Lot ...

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It’s Wildfire Preparedness Week!

SACRAMENTO–Wildfire Preparedness Week is May 1 – 7, 2023. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and our partner agencies will host five statewide events throughout the week to raise awareness of what individuals and communities can do to help protect against the threat of wildfires. By preparing well in advance of a wildfire and taking steps ...

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CalFire awards $142.6 Million in Forest Health Grants

SACRAMENTO– The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is proud to announce that $142.6 million has been awarded for statewide investments in projects intended to enhance carbon storage while restoring the health and resilience of existing and recently burned forests throughout California. CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program announced today that it awarded 27 grants (link to project ...

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CAL FIRE Launches New Online Burn Permit Application

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SACRAMENTO– The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has launched a new Online Burn Permit application platform that offers the public a user-friendly way to request a burn permit.     Burn permits that are available on this platform include the following: • Residential Burning (LE-62A) is burning outdoors at a single or two-family dwelling unit or ...

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CAL FIRE Announces Funding for Wildfire and Forest Health Issues Research

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SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is announcing the availability of up to $5.5 million in grant funding for Forest Health Research projects. CAL FIRE is soliciting applications for research in forest health and wildland fire science critical to the State of California that support landowners, resource agencies, fire management organizations, and decision-makers throughout the state. ...

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North Fork Community Development Council Annual Meeting

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Community Development Council will be holding its annual meeting at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. At this meeting will be elections as well as two special guest speakers, including Madera County District 5 Supervisor Robert “Bobby” Macaulay and North Fork Rancheria Indian Housing Authority Executive ...

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Cal Fire Adds New Demonstration State Forest

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced today the addition of a new demonstration state forest and more than 1,200 acres to its demonstration state forest system. Acquisition of these areas continue to increase opportunities for forest restoration, critical research, and public recreation, and build upon the valuable role of California’s demonstration state forest system to ...

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