In March of 2020, CAL FIRE announced an award of funding to the County of Humboldt on behalf of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC) to reignite the Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes Program (FLASH). Program kick-off is expected in fall 2020.
The Fire-adapted Landscapes & Safe Homes Program, better known as "FLASH", is a cost share program designed to assist property owners with reducing their risk to wildfire by thinning flammable vegetation around their homes and along key access routes. This grant-funded program has been active intermittently since 2010 and has helped reduce hazardous vegetation on hundreds of acres across Humboldt County.
The program focuses on high wildfire hazard areas in Humboldt and will reimburse property owners on a per acre basis. For more details on how the program has operated in the past, view the FLASH 2014 information handout. While the program will be open to all Humboldt County residents, priority will be given to participants who meet the criteria of elderly, disabled, and/or low income. It will also be a priority of the FLASH program to increase the effectiveness of vegetation treatments by incentivizing participation from adjacent properties, particularly in high risk areas, so as to create a landscape (rather than islands) of defensible space within target neighborhoods.
Check back soon for updates on the next iteration of FLASH. Meanwhile, submit an interest form to make sure you receive important updates. Your response will help shape the program by informing the HCFSC of your needs.