San Diego-area public safety agencies awarded state wildfire prevention grants

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Four San Diego-area firefighting agencies will receive five-, six- and seven-figure state grants to help them fund their wildfire prevention and preparedness programs, officials announced Monday.

The monetary outlays, part of nearly $138 million in funding for 105 local fire-safety projects across California, enable public safety agencies to reduce the risk of wildfire through fuel reduction, emergency planning and fire- prevention education, according to Cal Fire.

Following are the San Diego-area recipients and their grant amounts:

— San Diego County Fire, $5,221,043;

— Pala Band of Mission Indians, $401,678;

— Urban Corps of San Diego County, $181,539; and

— Deer Springs Fire Safe Council, $24,800.

“This year, wildfires have once again been extremely severe and damaging, which only highlights our continued need to perform more community- based fire-prevention projects,” Cal Fire Chief Thomas Porter said. “Our wildfire and forest strategy includes funding these types of fire-prevention projects to reduce the severity of wildfires and harden our communities.”

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 85, which provided $536 million to accelerate forest health, fire prevention and climate resiliency. The allocation included $123 million for Cal Fire’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, including $50 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, with an additional $73 million coming from the state general fund.

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