CalFIRE Fuel Mitigation Grant Project
Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Fire Prevention Program as part of the California Climate Investments Program.
The Yorba Linda Fuel Reduction Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website.
The City of Yorba Linda will be implementing an integrated fuel reduction project in seven strategic sites to reduce the risk of wildfire to State Responsibility Areas (SRA). The integrated project includes goat grazing, hand crews, and mechanical abatement depending on slope, accessibility, and density. Work also involves developing an Emergency Operation Plan, including the creation of wildfire Evacuation Zones, developing a Restoration and Sustainability Plan, and conducting wildfire prevention education and messaging. An estimated 78 acres based on surface area will be treated over the approximately 3-4 year project life.
The project focuses on reducing SRA exposure and risk to wildfires resulting from roadside and railroad ignitions, which ignite fine fuels and start fires that are exacerbated by the Santa Ana winds experienced in Southern California. Southern California wildfires, such as the recent Blue Ridge fire in 2020 and the Freeway Complex Fire in 2008, routinely gain powerful energy from the Santa Ana winds allowing fires to jump freeways, subdivisions, and canyons.
The primary work of the project is to gain control of approximately 78 acres of high-density, wildfire-prone vegetation adjacent to SRA lands and 296 homes. The Orange County Fire Authority has provided significant input and advice on how to best implement an integrated project, and they have committed to assisting during project implementation by providing additional guidance and direction. Some of the most important elements for our project areas will be reducing crown fire, removal of non-natives and invasives, and separation of native materials, including vertical and horizontal separation. The primary reason for invasive, non-native overgrowth is steep slopes requiring an integrated management plan and resources that this grant will help fund.
PROJECT PERFORMANCE PERIOD
The project performance period is until March 15, 2025, with a possible additional year pending available funds and CalFire approval. Under the terms and conditions of this Grant Agreement, the applicant agrees to complete the project as described in the project description, and the State of California, acting through the Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, agrees to fund the project up to the total state grant amount indicated.