Fire prevention boosted

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve awarded two grants

As wildfires blaze statewide, Cal Fire has granted Chico State over $325,000 to support fire-mitigation projects at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.

One grant, for $304,406 with the Terra Fuego Resource Foundation, will fund reducing fire fuels with prescribed burning and clearing on 254 acres of high-risk area. The reserve encompasses 3,950 acres.

The second, $25,000 from $166,983 awarded to the Butte Fire Safe Council, will incorporate prevention and mitigation measures into the reserve’s Outdoor Education Program for K-12 students.