The National Forest Foundation is working with the Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire and San Bernardino National Forest to reduce hazardous fuel loads in the forest surrounding the Angelus Oaks Community.
The Forest Service maintains a critical fuel break around the town to help firefighters protect it from wildfires like the 2020 El Dorado Fire.
Thanks to generous support from Southern California Edison and Cal Fire, the foundation is working with the Conservation Corps to reduce fuel loads in this critical fuel break, improve community safety, bolster forest health, and provide a valuable workforce development opportunity for the corps.
The foundation has received a total of $12.2 million in grant funds from the state of California for wildfire resilience and forest health projects in Southern California. It is partnering with the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, and community stakeholders to address over 6,000 acres of forest management needs across Southern California National Forests and adjacent private lands over the next three years.
This grant award is funded by the Budget Act of 2020 (SB 85) signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in April.
Lake Tahoe fires
The northern Sierra has experienced multiple other large fires, including the Dixie and Caldor Fires. Combined, these three fires have burned over 1.3 million acres of forest, destroyed 2,330 structures, and have cost over $620 million dollars. As of early September, the Dixie and Caldor fires are still burning.