Currently, there are 10 high-hazard counties experiencing high levels of tree mortality due to drought and bark beetles. Some counties are seeing 80%-100% tree die-off. Tree mortality is expected to continue for several more years impacting the safety of other counties. The 10 high-risk counties below may have localized information and resources to assist
residents. It is always best to reach out to your local fire safe council
, county office, or contact your local forester
for more information.
El Dorado County
The Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) has taken the lead in working to reduce the hazards posed by the unprecedented tree mortality problems in Kern County. Hundreds of trees have been removed to ensure safe access and evacuation routes in impacted communities. However, there are still a large number of dead trees that are becoming more unstable and continue to pose a huge fire danger. Kern County is committed to continuing working to reduce the risks posed by the tree mortality crisis.
The Tuolumne County Tree Mortality Task Force was created to mitigate the risks to health and safety and damage to infrastructure due to Tree Mortality. The County is working to remove hazardous trees by using emergency state funding and CAL FIRE SRA Tree Mortality grant funding. The overarching mission of the Task Force to work cooperatively with our partners and citizens and coordinate resources and reduce the impacts Tree Mortality is having in our County.