California Fire Safe Council Re-opens 2018 Grant Application Period
The California Fire Safe Council has re-opened a 30-day grant application period for the $5.45 million 2018 Fire Prevention Grants Program for funding for fire prevention education, planning and hazardous fuels reduction projects.
The grant application period re-opened on August 1, 2018 and closes on August 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. PT (Pacific Time).
The 30 day extension will encourage applicants to utilize CAL FIRE’s 2018 California Climate Investments (CCI ) Fire Prevention grants to meet the match requirement, however all eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications submitted during the first round may be revised or left as-is.
For information on how to apply for grants, including instructions, grant applications, and other resources, go to the California Fire Safe Council's 2018 grants page by clicking here.
Seeking New Board Members And Advisors
The Fire Safe Council For Monterey County is seeking new members and advisors for our board of directors. If you are interested, please send an email to email@example.com. If you want to help your community prepare for wildfires, your active input and participation will be deeply appreciated.
Rancho Tierra Grande's Great Genista Get Out Event In The News
Congratulations to Rancho Tierra Grande on its "Great Genista Get Out Event," reported in Monterey County Weekly newspaper! Click on the image to read the story.
Free Helpful Pacific Gas & Electric Tree Replanting Guidelines
FSCMC received the following note from PG&E regarding replanting trees killed by drought and disease:
"Hello PG&E Fire Safe Partner, PG&E developed replanting tree guidelines to educate PG&E customers for future tree planting near power lines. Your organization has played a vital role to reduce wild fire risk in local communities and as we look to vegetation reforestation after clearing brush and trees, we would like to continue our partnership with extending PG&E’s tree planting safety tips. ... The tips provide what to avoid when replanting and how to order hard copy materials."
PG&E's tree replanting guidelines, which also includes links to additional helpful information, can be read here.
PG&E's web page with information on addressing ongoing hazards from trees killed by drought is here.
Donate To Victims Of The Soberanes Fire
The Soberanes Fire was fully contained October 12, 2016, after burning 132,127 acres over almost three months. The fire was started by an illegal campfire on Garrapata State Park land. It took one life and destroyed 57 homes and 11 outbuildings, damaging 3 additional structures and 2 outbuildings.
Though the fire has been out for months many lives remain affected, and winter rains brought mudflows and landslides in areas the fire burned over, adding to hardships. Donations are being used for many worthy purposes such as repairing rural roads and water systems and helping affected individuals. You can donate to victims of the Soberanes Fire and resulting floods, and to the volunteer fire departments who valiantly fought the fire, using the following links:
To donate to help the family of Robert Reagan, the bulldozer operator who tragically died on July 26 while fighting the Soberanes Fire, use the following link www.gofundme.com/2gtqxkxv.
To donate to help those who have suffered losses from the Soberanes Fire or winter storm damage it made more destructive, you can use the following links to donate through 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit organizations, which will use 100% of the funds to help those who are victims of the fire:
To donate to the volunteer fire departments that valiantly fought the Soberanes Fire, use the following links:
The FSCMC gives its heartfelt condolences to the family of Robert Reagan, and to those who have suffered losses from the Soberanes Fire, and many thanks to the volunteer firefighters of the Mid Coast and Big Sur volunteer fire brigades, and to the thousands of CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, and fire fighters from other areas who traveled to fight this fire.
About The Fire Safe Council For Monterey County
The council is a non-profit corporation committed to protecting lives and property from harm by wildfires, and to educating the public on wildfire dangers and how to reduce them.
The council supports projects that help make homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe by management of natural and man-made resources.
We are looking for people who are interested in volunteering to help meet these life-protecting goals. ... more >
FSCMC Comment Letter On The Forest Service's Fuelbreak Project
The Fire Safe Council For Monterey County submitted a comment letter on the U.S. Forest Service's proposed Strategic Community Fuelbreak Improvement Project around portions of the perimeter of the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County, supporting the project as a first step to maintain the historic fuelbreak around the national forest, in the condition recommended in section 9.1.1. of the Monterey County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (MCCWPP), while commenting on the need for improvements to the fuelbreak for it to be consistent with the MCCWPP.
You can read the FSCMC's comment letter on the proposed fuelbreak by clicking here.
You can read the Forest Service's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the fuelbreak project by clicking here. The DEIS includes descriptions of the proposed fuelbreak, and a map showing its location.
Tips On Making Your Home Safer From Wildfires And Complying With State Defensible Space Requirements
The time to prepare for wildfires is before they start.
Your support today may prevent wildfire tomorrow!
The Fire Safe Council For Monterey County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Please note, we may only solicit donations from California sources, though we may accept donations from anywhere.
See the calendar for actual date, time and location of meetings.
Meetings are now typically held on the last Wednesday or Thursday of the month. Meeting locations generally alternate between the CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit headquarters, 2221 Garden Road, Monterey, and at the U.S. Forest Service Los Padres National Forest, Monterey Ranger District headquarters, 406 S. Mildred, King City.
Fuel Reduction Contractors
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