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Shasta County Grand Jury report reveals lack of fire fuel management leaves county at risk

The Shasta County Grand Jury released its report into the Carr Fire. The report revealed a lack of fire fuel management led to the county being at risk for fires.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 7:12 PM

REDDING, Calif. - It’s been almost two years since the Carr Fire exploded in Shasta County, torching more than 225,000 acres and killing eight people. Back in 2018, people in Redding evacuated as the fire moved toward the city – burning everything in its path.

The Shasta County Grand Jury released its report into the Carr Fire. The report revealed a lack of fire fuel management led to the county being at risk for fires.

Almost two years later, the Shasta County Grand Jury says better fire fuel management and more defensible space is needed to reduce the future fire threat. The report also says property owners share responsibility for wildfire prevention and need to bring their land into compliance.

“I think moving forward it’s important with how we interact with our land,” said Megan Bielecki of Redding.

“Making sure that we're keeping up to date with everything and doing our best to manage it in a way that keeps our community safe.”

“If you're not taking care of your property you've probably received a notice from Shasta County Fire,” said Shasta County District Five Supervisor Les Baugh, “saying if you're an absentee owner and if you don’t take care of it, we're going to do it for you.”

The Grand Jury gave out a list of recommendations including the Board of Supervisors directs the Shasta County Fire Department to make fire fuel management a priority. The jury also recommends Redding, Anderson, the City of Shasta Lake, and the Board of Supervisors implement an Amnesty Day plan to help ease costs for private landowners. It also says the Board of Supervisors should provide funding for vegetation treatment starting next year.

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors has 90 days to respond to the grand jury's report.

Click here to view the full report.

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