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TinderSmart Tehama: Wildfire Readiness

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Supporting wildfire readiness together for a TinderSmart Tehama

Defensible Space Assistance

Creating and maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around habitable structures is encouraged of all landowners in Tehama County. It is mandatory of landowners in State Responsibililty Areas (SRA) and encouraged of those living within the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) zone. Are you eligible to receive FREE help through the Tehama Conservation Fund's Defensible Space Assistance program? See full details and apply here.

"A very big thank you for the work that you all did, and for being kind enough to help us out. The job that was done in 3 days would have taken my daughters and I about 2-3 years to complete because of my disabilities. The work that the team did makes us feel safer. This summer we will not have to worry as much because you guys have helped us out so much and we are so thankful for all of your help."   

-Terra Smith, Defensible Space Assistance Recipient

Cost-Share Vegetation Treatments

Residents who do not meet eligibility for free Defensible Space Assistance are eligible for our cost-share vegetation treatment program. Our cost-share program provides the same services, and provides community access to the RCDTC Equipment Services' chipper, masticator, and other management equipment and operators. Landowners meet 25% of the total service cost. See full details and apply here. 

Community Chipping Day

Reduce the fuels, reduce the risk. You cut, you stack, we chip. A Do-It-Yourself, neighborhood approach for Tehama County residents to create Defensible Space. Are you eligible to participate in the FREE roadside Community Chipping Day? See full details and apply here.

Roadside and Shaded Fuel Breaks

Fuel Breaks are strips or blocks of vegetation that have been altered to slow or control a fire. The RCDTC uses this wildfire readiness strategy to reduce the roadside hazardous vegetation. A shaded fuel break selectively thins and removes more flammable understory vegetation while leaving the majority of larger, more fire tolerant tree species in place. 

The RCDTC is currently implementing the West Tehama Roadside Fuels Treatment Project, a roadside shaded fuel break just west of the Cottonwood Community in Tehama County. It is a collaborative effort between the RCDTC, voluntary landowners, and CAL FIRE’s Ishi Conservation Camp to reduce roadside hazardous vegetation. The Project focuses on eight secondary roads that influence the Bowman Road corridor to include Starr Drive, Bo Lane, Papas Place, Keeper Lane, Davis Garden Drive, Rory Lane, Brincat Manor Road, and Wildridge Road.

Project work addresses approximately 6 miles of dangerous roadside vegetation build-up, such as understory brush and woody debris, that significantly contribute to the severity of wildfire should one occur in this area. It also improves the ability of firefighting personnel to conduct wildfire initial attack and influence wildfire behavior.

Watch our educational video on Fuel Breaks below!

RCDTC Fuel Breaks.mp4