Fire Adapted Landscapes & Safe Homes (FLASH)


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 County was successful in securing additional grant funding from CAL FIRE and the CA Fire Safe Council to expand the program in 2022. This new round of the Program features updated materials, including increased per acre reimbursement rates.

Review the Program Steps, Requirements, and FAQ below to determine whether FLASH is the right fit for your project.

How do I apply?

Submit an interest form. A Program Representative will be in touch with you if your needs are a good match for the program and if space is available.

Need assistance completing the form?

Contact Julia Cavalli via email or by phone (707) 296-1498.

Before & After Photos

Submit Interest Form

Program Steps

  1. FLASH Technician: Screen participants and confirm willingness to participate.
  2. FLASH Technician: Conduct initial site visit and Home Risk Assessment, as applicable.
  3. FLASH Technician: Identify fuels reduction project boundaries, acreage, environmental impact information, and treatment prescriptions.
  4. FLASH Technician: Develop reimbursement estimate and map. Take “Before” photos.
  5. Landowner: Sign Participation Agreement, Reimbursement Agreement, and other forms.
  6. Landowner: Initiate fuels reduction work (only after all paperwork is completed).
  7. FLASH Technician: Conduct completion visit (and any necessary follow up visits) and approve project completion forms. Take “After” photos.
  8. County or FLASH Technician: Reimburse landowner per Reimbursement Agreement.

Image at right: Focus on preparing areas closest to the home (Zone 0) and work outwards to the property line (Zone 1 and 2). Clearing access routes is also critical. Image by K. Weber.

Program Resources

Program Participants work with a qualified technician to complete a Home Risk Assessment. Even those not enrolled in the program can use this resource to guide their own wildfire preparedness. Also see Preparing Your Home for Wildfire—a quick reference for concepts of the assessment, designed with Humboldt County homes in mind.

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Program Requirements

An abbreviated list of the Program Requirements is provided below. For the full details of the program, including eligible practices and reimbursement rates, download the Program Requirements (version 2022). Also see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (version 2022).

  • Meet the minimum 0.5 acre project area requirement (some exceptions may be made, particularly for groups of adjacent properties) and be located within the State Responsibility Area (funding is not available for properties within city limits at this time).
  • Participate in an initial site visit and Home Risk Assessment, as applicable (before any work is completed) and follow-up visit(s) from Program staff to assess progress and to determine funds to be paid out.
  • Agree to cost-share rates and practices determined by the FLASH Technician based on fuel loading, slope, ecosystem type, and accessibility.
  • Complete and submit all required forms and receipts.
  • Meet the fire risk reduction standards of the program by adhering to the vegetation management prescription recommendations of the FLASH Technician.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Dispose of fuels created during operations by chipping, hand-pile burning, or in limited circumstances, by lop-and-scatter.
  • Complete all project work, including full slash disposal, in a timely manner. All work must be completed before reimbursement can be received.

Program Funding

Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) as part of the California Climate Investments Program and 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. Coordination and support provided by the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council, the County of Humboldt, CAL FIRE, and UC Cooperative Extension.