New program aims to help counties strengthen fire resiliency
The California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) has committed over $9.8M for grant funding projects and programs to increase wildfire risk prevention and reduction. The announcement comes on the heels of the driest first quarter in recorded history.
As part of CFSC’s efforts, it will create a first-of-its-kind statewide program to advance wildfire prevention efforts at the local level. Fire-safe coordinators will be deployed to 24 California counties to oversee operations. The counties include Sacramento, Plumas, Napa, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Butte, Trinity, and Sonoma.
In addition, the council has established an assistance program that will make available $3 million to help low-income or senior residents clear dry brush around their properties.
CFSC is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on the prevention efforts.