All programs are entirely grant funded. Some are designed as stand-alone projects, while others are designed as ongoing programs that may become periodically inactive.
Current Projects & Programs
Upcoming Grant Funding (est. January 2022 - March 2025)
CWPP Implementation: Phase IV
This project will build on previous phases, using the lessons learned to finetune a collaborative approach to preparing communities for wildfire. Although some components of the project will be delivered countywide, this phase of CWPP implementation will be focused on supporting a meaningful level of activity within the target areas of Willow Creek, Shelter Cove, the lower Mattole watershed (primarily in Petrolia and Honeydew), and the greater Southern Humboldt area (primarily in Garberville and Redway).
It will include direct defensible space assistance and home risk assessments for elderly, disabled, and/or low-income individuals; Fire Prevention Education workshops; expansion of the existing countywide FLASH program; and finally, hazardous fuels reduction along key evacuation routes. The County will be working with several Implementation Partners to plan and coordinate work within each focus area.
Fire-adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH)
CWPP Implementation: Phase II
Past Projects & Programs
Restoration of Beneficial Fire (2019-2021)Prescribed fire is a vital tool in reducing hazardous fuels (among many other uses). This project was 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 (HCPBA) in developing burn plans and training volunteer fire departments (VFDs) to implement prescribed burns. A Southern Humboldt Prescribed Burn Liaison was specifically tasked with educating Southern Humboldt landowners and VFDs, and establishing a Southern Humboldt Chapter of the HCPBA. The Liaison role will continue through other funding.
The Humboldt County Firewise Program has historically provided 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. Support for this program is dependent on available funding.
Title III Small Grant ProgramPeriodically, the FSC will oversee the distribution of Title III funding in the form of small grants to local organizations to assist with Firewise activities and the development of local CWPPs. This program is not currently active but funding may become available in the future.
The current projects and programs described above have been generously funded as follows:
CAL FIRE Fire Prevention ProgramFunded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (“CAL FIRE”) California Climate Investments
- 2021 - CWPP Implementation: Phase IV
- 2020 - CWPP Implementation: Phase III (FLASH)
- 2019 - CWPP Implementation: Phase II
CA Fire Safe Council Grants ClearinghouseFunding provided by grants from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through California Fire Safe Council (“CFSC”) Grants Clearinghouse Fire Prevention Program
- 2021 - CWPP Implementation: Phase III, Part II
- 2019 - CWPP Implementation: Phase II, Part II