Oct 22, 2018

Redding, Calif., Offers Free Erosion Control Supplies Post-Carr Fire

Erosion control supplies and advice are available to residents impacted by the Carr Fire

Redding, Calif., provides erosion control supplies
Redding, Calif., provides erosion control supplies

In Redding, Calif., the city of Redding, Shasta County and local organizations provided free erosion control supplies to residents impacted by the Carr Fire as the winter rainy season approaches. In addition to free erosion control supplies, experts are available to demonstrate installations and provide erosion control advice.

The Carr Fire began July 23, 2018, due to a car failure and burned 229,651 acres across Northern California, according to Cal Fire. The fire destroyed more than 1,000 residences and claimed the lives of three firefighters. Now, in its wake, residents are concerned the scorched earth left behind will lead to flooding and mudslides as the rainy season approaches.

To combat the fire’s erosion, the city of Redding is offering free resources, including hay bales and straw waddles. Supplies are available this week and next, but officials caution that there is a limited amount. Each property owner or renter can get ten bales of hay and four waddles for free, as reported by local news source KRCRTV.

In addition, Shasta College’s horticultural department will partner with North State organizations to offer a day of free instruction and give away free plants. Representatives from Shasta Master Gardeners and Re-Grow Shasta will provide free advice and instruction about erosion control and how to rebuild following the wildfire, according to the Redding Record Searchlight.

“Some places, like where the fire tornado was, that ground is rock hard from the heat,” said David Ledger, conservation chairperson of the California Native Plant Society Shasta Chapter. “Very few plants will come up there because it [Carr Fire] did go down well into the root zone. That area could use some help.”

At the Shasta College erosion control event, attendees will be able to pick up free wildflower seeds, plants and trees, while the city of Redding and McConnell Arboretum will give away bulbs and culinary herbs.