REPORT: Toward wildfire relief
A CNBC report examines how California is looking to the timber industry for possible help.
As California’s largest wildfire on record continues to burn, the state forestry association wants to change rules and regulations to make it easier for private industry to thin forested land.
This CNBC report examines the state’s desperation for a plan to fight forest fires, and the realization that the timber industry can play a meaningful role.
Some of the stats presented in the article include the California Forestry Association’s estimate that tree density is higher than its ever been. 150 years ago in the Sierras, there were roughly 40 trees per acre. Now there are hundreds.
Also, the U.S. Forest Service estimates the number of dead trees in California is about 129 million. Wildfires feed on these dead trees.
The Mendocino Complex Fire – the largest fire in the state’s history – continues to burn in Northern California. More than 280,000 acres have been burned.
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