The California Climate Investment (CCI) Grant provides funding for projects related to the removal of dead or dying trees, hazardous fuel (vegetation) reduction, fire prevention education, and fire prevention planning. Reducing fuel along a vital evacuation route allows for the safe ingress or egress of civilians and first responders during a fast moving wildland fire. In addition to securing a vital evacuation route, the reduction of available vegetation will also reduce the wildfire threat to habitable structures within Tulare County and the State Responsibility Area (SRA). The Tulare County Fire Department intends to conduct fuel reduction activities including: physically removing or chipping vegetation along North Fork Drive adjacent to the community of Three Rivers.
The entirety of this project is located in the high fire severity zone. This project will reduce vegetation and fuel located within 40 feet on either side of the roadway, creating an approximately 110 feet wide area and securing the only evacuation route. The overriding goal is to reduce the spread of wildland fire from North Fork Drive into the wildland/urban interface, and vice versa. The evacuation route addressed in this project in identified in the Tulare County Community Evacuation Plan as the only route of for inhabited structures in the area.
The public benefit of projects funded by CCI include reducing the risk of fire ignition and spreading, and adjacent to communities; educating owners of habitable structures about wildfire risks; allowing for strategic, long-term planning to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities in the SRA throughout the State; or removing dead or dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety.