PINE GROVE, Calif. (KTXL) – The Amador Fire Protection District will receive a new fire station in Pine Grove with an additional $8.1 million in state funding, according to members of the District 5 State Assembly, Frank Bigelow.
The Fire Protection District is responsible for 491 square miles of Amador County, in which 75% of people live in very high fire risk areas, according to Bigelow.
Bigelow said the additional funding was secured through the efforts of State Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Sacramento County and Bigelow himself.
“I am encouraged that California leaders recognize the importance of funding a new fire station in Amador County, especially given the recent Electra Fire and the destructive Butte Fire,” Bigelow said.
In July, the Electra Fire tore through Amador and Calaveras County, burning 4,478 acres.
A massive sawmill fire also raged through Amador County in July, destroying one of the county’s key economic engines.
The Fire Protection District was first on the scene and eventually called CAL FIRE for assistance.
According to Bigelow, the fire protection district has 35 paid staff and 15 volunteers.
The land on which the fire station will be built has already been purchased by the fire district under the direction of fire chief Jim McCart, according to current fire chief Walt White.
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