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Grant earmarked for wildfire resistance

The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County was awarded a CAL FIRE Defensible Space Assistance Grant through California Fire Safe Council, allowing it to bring a new pilot Home Assessment Program to residents in the County, in partnership with the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County and the 39 community Fire Safe Councils.

Launching in January 2024, residents can receive resources and referrals to assistance programs to aid in achieving defensible space compliance and wildfire resilience.

“The newly created Home Assessment Program and continuation of the very successful Defensible Space Assistance Program work to strengthen wildfire safety in San Diego County” said Tony Mecham, Fire Chief for CAL FIRE/San Diego County
Fire in a statement. “Our Defensible Space Inspectors will be able to connect residents with these services, supporting fire safe communities and building on our longstanding relationship with the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County.”

Resources available:
•Home Assessment Program: Free home assessment in which any resident can register to learn more about the vulnerability of their home and landscape to wildfire and ember ignition, resources and recommendations on defensible space, home hardening, and landscaping.
•Defensible Space Assistance Program: After participating in a home assessment, residents may be referred to the DSAP program for assistance, depending on qualifying factors. This program is designed to assist disabled, elderly, and/or low-income individuals with defensible space compliance.
• Community Chipping Program: After participating in a home assessment, residents may be able to participate in a community chipping event. This program is designed to assist residents by disposing of removed vegetation that is created when they maintain their defensible space zones.

Applications to register for the new programs will be available starting Jan. 1, 2024. Residents may contact the Fire Safe Council at for more information, questions, or application assistance.

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