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Yreka Ridge Fuel Break

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Mastication work on the south face of the ridge. Image taken 5/4/23.

This strategic ridge fuel break will help protect the towns of Yreka and Hawkinsville from wildfires by reducing fire behavior and aiding fire suppression efforts. The project will reduce hazardous fuels on over 200 acres of private property between Humbug Road and Long Gulch Road north of Yreka.

--Update May 10th, 2023--

Project work began April 24th, 2023. The progress of the work has been impressive thus far, and much of the bottom portions of the project area are approaching completion. Work started at the bottom and is progressing uphill and westward. The fuel break is highly visible from the town and I-5, and comparing the masticated areas to the untreated brushfields outside the project boundary are striking. 


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Retained white oaks on the bottom of the project area. Masticated material seen on the ground are the remains of thick brush cover. Image taken April 27th, 2023.



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Flowering manzanita illustrates the fuel-loading on the ridge



 Environmental compliance reviews and surveys2022
 Project out to bidWinter 2022-2023
 Project Implementation of the Fuel BreakApril 2023 - Ongoing


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Looking down from Yreka Ridge at the town of Yreka. 


California Climate Investments- GHG emission reduction 

Yreka Ridge Fuel Break is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:

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Funding for this project was provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.