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Wildfire risk reduction grants available for selected Western and Plains States

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Jul 2, 2019

Image of a single story home with attached patio and detached garage, with the corresponding home ignition zones outlined and labeled.

 

The Bureau of Land Management, part of the US Department of Interior, has issued notices of funding opportunities for numerous states within its jurisdiction and under the authority of Public Law 116-6, Wildland Fire Management Good Neighbor Authority. These Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Community Fire Assistance funds are available to eligible entities including state and local governments, tribal governments, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. The latest announcements are for entities within specific regions, including Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

According to the grant announcements, this funding opportunity is following the National Fire Plan goals to reduce hazardous fuels, increase local capability in risk assessment, planning and mitigation, educating homeowners and enhancing local and small business employment opportunities. Successful projects will address one or more of the following that will  have a benefit to the public:

1.  Accomplish Hazardous Fuels Reduction Activities  by reducing wildland fuels on the landscape or making structural and landscape modifications to create survivable space;          

2.   Develop and implement fire education, training, and/or community action plans/programs to include mitigation and prevention, planning or zoning ordinances and education around managing combustible vegetation, and prevention of structural ignition;

3. Conduct Community Wildfire Protection Assessment and planning activities or develop an maintain a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP);

 4.  Expand community capability to enhance local employment opportunities; 

5.   Develop and Implement short and long term Monitoring and Maintenance Plans for Hazardous Fuels Reduction, b)   Community Fire Education and Training, and/or  Community Action Programs.

Each region has a separate announcement and deadline:

Need ideas for projects? Be sure to visit NFPA's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day pageand details on how to prepare homes to resist ignition from wildfire.

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