All programs are entirely grant funded. Some are designed as stand-alone projects, while others are designed as on-going programs that may become periodically inactive.
Requests for Proposals Now Open
The County is currently seeking qualified contractors to fulfill multiple roles under the CWPP Implementation: Phase II Program (see section below). To achieve desired program outcomes, the County expects to issue several small to medium contracts, ranging from $1,500 to $50,000 (potentially in a phased approach over the life of the program).
CWPP Implementation: Phase II
Funded by CAL FIRE and the California Fire Safe Council, this program models a comprehensive approach to wildfire mitigation in at-risk communities that can be learned from, refined, and replicated in new priority areas throughout the county with future funding. The program will fund roadside clearance, defensible space assistance for eligible residents, and free chipping services to neighborhoods across the county. In addition, two new Firewise communities will be established with assistance from this program.
Specific model project locations are being selected by the County and HCFSC through the evaluation of CWPP action plans developed for each of the 14 planning units within the county—geographic units of analysis developed for the purposes of localized fire planning. Project site selection criteria include wildfire risk; community priority (as identified in the CWPP); likely levels of participation; and how well the work will demonstrate best practices and inspire community learning and momentum for additional projects. Work is being planned in each of the County's 14 CWPP Planning Units.
Restoration of Beneficial Fire
Prescribed fire is a vital tool in reducing hazardous fuels (among many other uses). This project is aimed at educating the public, elected officials, and the HCFSC on the benefits of prescribed fire and supporting the work of the UC Cooperative Extension and Humboldt County Prescribed Burn Association in developing burn plans and training volunteer fire departments (VFDs) to implement prescribed burns. The Southern Humboldt Prescribed Burn Liaison, funded through this program, is specifically tasked with educating Southern Humboldt landowners and VFDs.
Currently Inactive Programs
Fire-adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH)
The FLASH program provides a cost share to help property owners reduce their risk to wildfire by thinning flammable vegetation around their homes and along access routes.
The Humboldt County Firewise Program provides assistance for local communities interested in receiving recognition and support from the national Firewise Communities Program. The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA’s) Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by enabling homeowner involvement in neighborhood-level preparedness.