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Bills increase wildfire prevention efforts

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow introduced two wildfire related bills, AB 910 and AB 912, to help prevent future catastrophic wildfires.

“Last year, California faced its most destructive wildfire season,” says Assemblymember Bigelow. “The Creek fire in my district alone burned over 300,000 acres. California cannot keep putting off the wildfire problem, it is time to start taking a wildfire prevention approach to legislation.”

AB 910 would increase the Small Landowner Exemption from 100 acres to 300 and remove the restriction for usage while also authorizing the construction for temporary roads when needed. AB 912 would expand the Working Forest Management Plan from 10,000 acres to its original 15,000.

AB 910 and AB 912 would create more accessibility to the programs and provide a better opportunity to conduct wildfire prevention efforts. Assemblymember Bigelow states, “These programs have existed for a few years now, but they are rarely used because of all of the restrictions on them. With all of the restrictions, people aren’t able to conduct the necessary wildfire prevention efforts that they need to, making them more susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. These two bills are the solution as they provide a gateway for people to use them to the full extent the programs were created for.”

Lifelong rancher Frank Bigelow represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

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