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July 23, 2019by ncdea

CALIFORNIA, Western Shasta RCD – Two years before the Carr Fire a local agency named 159 clearing projects that would spare communities from being overrun by wildland blazes throughout Shasta County, but almost none of them happened.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan put together by the Anderson-based Western Shasta Resource Conservation District prioritized tree-thinning and brush-removal work in 10 areas.

But by the time the Carr Fire hit in July 2018 only two of those projects had been completed. One was in Shasta Lake and the other in Shingletown — neither where the 229,651-acre Carr Fire burned.

That failure to manage a known risk comes down to bureaucracy and process, said Chester Anderson, the district’s former manager.

The problem was not with planning, according to Anderson, who recently left the director’s post, but with shortcomings in how California paid for critical fire safety operations.

Both Anderson and the director of a statewide association of resource conservation districts (RCDs) agree the process lets urgent work languish. Shasta County programs have to compete for grants with agencies across the state, and funding arrives sporadically and unpredictably.

Source: Carr Fire sparks questions about Redding’s fire prevention plans

January 4, 2019by ncdea

CALIFORNIA, Western Shasta RCD — Some residents in Shasta County have received letters in the mail about erosion control to help with their areas that burned in the Carr Fire. The letter from Western Shasta Resource Conservation District- a local-based district- offered services to help prevent erosion in burned areas. The funding is coming from state and federal grant funds. Residents in Shasta County have received letters in the mail about erosion control to help with their areas that burned in the Carr Fire.

Source: Shasta County homeowners near burned areas receive letter offering erosion control | KRCR

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