According to a recent press release, CAL FIRE announced three million dollars in additional fire prevention grants above and beyond the $2 million already granted to assist with other fire prevention projects throughout the state for a total of five million dollars awarded to various entities for a variety of projects throughout the state.
Forty-four projects were funded with this additional funding, for a total number of projects funded at sixty-three. These projects are meant to work in tandem with projects already being accomplished by local CAL FIRE units, “to create projects that will reduce the threat of wildfire to homes located within the state's responsibility area.”
One innovative project that caught my attention on their list of grant-funded projects was a North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility. Many communities have a problem with disposing of vegetative materials removed from around their homes as part of creating Firewise landscapes. Other projects for which the grants provided assistance to communities were hazardous tree removal, defensible space assistance, chipper days, grazing services, shaded fuel breaks, FLAME (First Law Around Managing the Environment) projects, special needs assistance programs, roadside hazards removal and more.
Firewise has some great hints to help your community get started writing grants if your community decides that they have that capacity to assist with your wildfire hazard mitigation as part of the development of your Firewise Community. There are also blogs that can give you the insight that you need to write a grant for your community.