08/19/2018

California giving out $170 million in cap-and-trade revenue to help prevent wildfires

California officials said Tuesday that they will grant more than $170 million in cap-and-trade funds to local governments and organizations to prevent fires and improve the health of forests.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced the grants as the Mendocino Complex fire near Clear Lake, now the largest in state history, continued to spread across three counties.

The money will go toward fire prevention education programs and projects such as cutting back flammable vegetation — activities that might stop, or at least dull the intensity of, future fires.

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