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Empowering Communities to Prepare for Wildfire Season, Grants to Local Nonprofits Focused on Wildfire Mitigation Projects

06/01/2021

Local Fire Safe Councils Receiving $2 Million from PG&E to Fund 32 Projects in 26 Counties

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This wildfire season, mobilizing Californians to protect their homes, businesses, communities, and the environment from wildfire is more important than ever. The work of local California Fire Safe Councils (FSCs) is critical to strengthening the safety and preparedness of local communities during the 2021 wildfire season.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues its strong support of local FSCs and non-profit organizations that are focused on reducing the threat of wildfires in its communities, with $2 million in grants for projects scheduled in 2021.

“With our Community Wildfire Safety Program, we focus on reducing wildfire risk by meeting and exceeding state vegetation safety standards, continuing to harden our electric grid with stronger power lines and poles and by integrating new tools and technologies. But we can’t do it all alone. We need to work together and enable each other to prepare for this wildfire season, which is why the work of the local Fire Safe Councils is so essential,” said Peter Kenny, PG&E Interim Vice President of Vegetation Management.

Since 2014, PG&E has provided $17 million in grant funding to support local FSCs in their efforts to improve fire safety in communities. Typical FSC projects include reducing fuel, creating fuel breaks, and improving fire evacuation routes and emergency access roads.

“With funding from PG&E, we’re able to expand our chipper program and offer free community chipper days for residents in Mendocino County, which we’ve found are a great way to empower residents to finish defensible space clearing,” said Scott Cratty, President of the Mendocino County FSC. “This year, the funding also allowed us to receive a matching grant that helps provide defensible space clearing assistance for the handicapped and for seniors whose income qualifies.”

California continues to experience extreme weather, leading to an increase in wildfire risk and a longer wildfire season. One-third of the electric lines that provide PG&E customers with power are now in extreme or elevated fire-threat areas, as identified by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The funding from PG&E will go toward 32 projects that are planned to be completed by November of this year. A list of local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) organizations receiving PG&E project funding is below:

Local Fire Safe Councils and 501(c)(3) Organizations Receiving

PG&E Funding for Projects

 

Organization

County

Hayward Fire Department

Alameda

Diablo FSC

Alameda and Contra Costa

Forest Ranch FSC

Butte

Butte County FSC

Butte

Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions (CHIPS)

Calaveras

Auburn Lake Trails Fire Safety & Improvement Council (FSIC)

El Dorado

Highway 168 FSC

Fresno

Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (RCDC)

Fresno

Day Lassen Bench FSC

Lassen and Shasta

Yosemite/Sequoia RCDC

Madera

FireSafe Marin

Marin

Mendocino County FSC

Mendocino

FSC of Monterey County

Monterey

Angwin FSC

Napa

Mt. Veeder FSC

Napa

FSC of Nevada County

Nevada

Iowa Hill Community Club

Placer

Feather River Resource Conservation District (RCD)

Plumas

San Luis Obispo County FSC

San Luis Obispo

FireSafe San Mateo County/Woodside Fire Protection District

San Mateo

South Skyline FSC

Santa Clara and Santa Cruz

FireSafe Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz

Fire Safe Sonoma

Sonoma

COPE NoSoCO (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies, Northern Sonoma County)

Sonoma

Bennett Ridge FSO

Sonoma

Resource Conservation District of Tehama County

Tehama and some Shasta

Trinity County RCD

Trinity and Humboldt

Highway 108 FSC

Tuolumne

Yuba Watershed Protection & Fire Safe Council

Yuba

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