State to get millions to fight wildfires

State to get millions to fight wildfires

5 May 2009

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California will receive $31 million to help reduce the fuels that feed severe wildfires, including nearly $9 million for the San Bernardino National Forest, officials announced Tuesday.

The money is part of $224 million for 110 projects nationwide and comes from the federal economic stimulus package. It was announced by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The San Bernardino National Forest will receive $8.97 million for hazardous fuel reduction projects, according to the office of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. An additional $400,000 will go toward aerial mapping in Riverside and Orange counties to target new fuel-reduction projects.

Also included in the funding coming to California are $10.7 million for fuels reduction in the Sierra Nevada, $3.6 million for fuel reduction near Lake Tahoe and $1.7 million for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

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