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June 2024
Want to Know What Fuel Reduction Projects are Active in Your Neighborhood?

Almost daily, CAL FIRE, our partners, and grantees work hard to reduce hazardous fuels through prescribed fire and manual and mechanical treatments. Our diverse vegetation management projects aim to restore forest health and resilience, improve fire safety for our communities, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

This fiscal year alone, CAL FIRE and partners have treated nearly 70,000 acres, promoting healthier ecosystems and more resilient forests. Click the link below to find projects in your area, read effectiveness stories and learn more about our work.
Internationally Renown: Sharing Firefighting Knowledge Around The World 

Earlier this year CAL FIRE Butte County Unit welcomed a team of Japanese firefighters for a joint training exercise. This collaboration highlights the importance of international cooperation in facing evolving fire challenges. With Japan embracing new construction methods, they must adapt to updated fire safety standards. Such training exchanges not only enhance individual skills but also foster a global network of firefighters united in the mission of safeguarding communities. This marks the second visit from Japan, emphasizing the ongoing commitment to learning and sharing knowledge across borders for the greater safety of all.
Protecting California's Iconic Forest Landscapes

It is not just CAL FIRE and the public who are preparing for wildfire. Through CAL FIRE’s grant programs, our partners across the state are preserving and enhancing forest health while also boosting wildfire resiliency.

Recently CAL FIRE awarded Forest Health Grants aimed at restoring the health and resilience of existing and recently burned forests in California. With this funding local and regional partners are implementing projects that span landscapes affected by eight catastrophic fires in the past decade. Benefits are not limited to resilience, restoration and ecology. These investments provide jobs and private landowner support, predominantly to rural communities that have been most affected by wildfire. 
With Great Power... A Quick Guide to Lithium Ion Battery Safety

From e-bikes, scooters, power tools, and laptops, lithium-ion batteries are the most common Energy Storage Systems (ESS) that help keep us connected.

An ESS is a device or group of devices assembled together, capable of storing energy in order to supply electrical energy at a later time but with great power comes great responsibility. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are commonly used in home electronics such as phones, batteries are small and powerful, but when used incorrectly, they can overheat, catch fire, or explode.

Fire agencies across California continue to respond to fires caused by lithium-ion batteries. The CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM)’s Code Development and Analysis Division provides code interpretation as well as code development analysis. Here’s a guide on how to safely use products powered by the battery.
From Blacktop to 'Green' Top: How Schoolyards Impact Mental Health & Protect Children from Extreme Heat

Converting pavement to green spaces at California schools and childcare facilities helps to alleviate extreme heat, improve the immediate environment for students, and improve accessibility to nature and nature-based learning for the youngest population in the state.

The Schoolyard Greening Project at Harper Junior High School and others that have received CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry grant funding create green spaces that protect children from increasing temperatures and extreme heat. Not only that, these natural areas provide spaces for students to relax, work through a problem with a teacher or counselor, and to learn from nature.
Finding Balance: How Yoga Supports CAL FIRE First Responders

Yoga can help improve balance, flexibility and strength, which is essential for first responders to protect and serve their communities. John Denhalter, a Fire Apparatus Engineer for CAL FIRE, recognizes yoga as an effective tool for helping him and other first responders manage their job’s physical and mental demands. In this short video, Denhalter gives us a glimpse of the benefits of yoga and how it provides mental clarity and stress relief, which is pivotal for first responders who experience high-pressure situations
The Scoop section
Be Summer Safe with these Do's and Don'ts

Make preventing wildfires and your family’s safety a priority this summer. These helpful tips are a reminder to plan, know, and act this summer. Get more resources on summer safety tips by following the link below.
Are you prepared for Wildfire?
The upgraded firePLANNER is a tool to help you and your family prepare your home and property for wildfire. You can also create an evacuation plan for you, your pets and those around you who need help getting out.
Stay safe in or around the water
The river, lake or pool is a great place to beat the summer heat. Water safety is critical at all times when having fun in the water with family and friends. These tips are a good reminder before you go.
Be ready for the California heat
High temperatures pose a threat if you aren't prepared for your sun-filled adventure. Here are tips on staying safe.
River-Ready Safety with CAL FIRE's Swiftwater Rescue Team

Stay water safe this summer! Manmade and natural hazards underneath the surface of the water can pose risks, from entrapment to injury. With spring runoff making waters cold, it's crucial to wear a personal flotation device (PFD)/life jacket and use professional guidance when rafting or recreating on rivers. Stay out of fast-flowing rivers and streams and enjoy the summer safely.
Buy it Where you Burn it, Don't Transport Unwanted Pests

As this rather catchy song in the video suggests transporting firewood a long distance from where it was purchased can transport pests and disease around the state, negatively affecting our forests. If you’re a camper heading out for a trip — or just getting firewood for your wood stove — do nature a favor; don’t move firewood long distances — it can potentially transport invasive species. Instead, buy it where you’ll burn it, buy certified heat-treated firewood — or gather on site where permitted.

Campfire safety reminder! Secure your campfire permit before you head out to stay safe and compliant while enjoying the outdoors.
Rescues in rugged terrain now easier for CAL FIRE San Diego Unit  

Take a close look at our new off-road ambulance equipped with a 2-inch lift kit, upgraded suspension, and more.
A special nod to the CAL FIRE Aviation Maintenance Team

Our rapid response and effective operations depend on a well-maintained fleet and the expertise of the team that keeps it flying.
Camp Fire Survivor has message for homeowners  

A 2018 Camp Fire survivor has a message for everyone as we enter peak wildfire activity.

Corral Fire Incident

A look at the work done by CAL FIRE and our partners to get the Corral Fire under control.

Join Us, We’re Hiring Firefighter I  

CAL FIRE is still accepting applications for seasonal Fire Fighter I positions statewide. Submit your application as soon as possible. The next upcoming cut-off date is July 31, 2024. Firefighter I is a seasonal, temporary classification used by CAL FIRE. As a member of a fire crew, a Fire Fighter I fights wildland, rural, and structural fires and responds to various other emergency situations including medical emergencies. Additional responsibilities include repairing equipment and general station housekeeping.

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