BLM Announces Ambitious Approach to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California, NW Nevada


The Bureau of land management signs a deal to streamline plans for fuel reduction projects in light of the increasing risk of wildfire. In an ambitious approach to accelerate these projects on public lands, the BLM signed the Statewide Wildland-Urban Fuels Treatment Programmatic Environmental Assessment.

BLM California State Director Karen E. Mouritsen said “This plan helps reduce the intensity, severity, and spread of wildfire near communities that border public lands managed by the BLM”

The new plan aims to enhance community safety by coordinating fuel treatment projects across different land ownerships. This strategy will establish a network of strategic fuel treatments and breaks in the wildland-urban interface, benefiting communities.

The plan stems from a Statewide Assessment covering 930,000 acres of public lands. Streamlined fuel treatment plans will expedite on-the-ground work based on local and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wildfire concerns, potentially treating 20,000 additional acres annually.

The initiative encompasses 44 California counties, including Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, and Modoc.

Projects falling under this program are expected to begin as early as this fall.