County Fire Safe Council awarded $3.9 million in fire prevention grants
–San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold, who currently serves as the President of the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council (SLO FSC), announced that CAL FIRE has approved four California Climate Investment Program fire prevention grants for San Luis Obispo County.
The grants total $3.9 million for projects across the county. $1.8 million will go to improve forest health and reduce the severe fire danger in the Monterey Pine forest of Cambria and the north coast. $775,000 will be for fire safe projects at Oak Shores, Heritage Ranch, and the south shore communities of Rancho del Lago, Cal Shasta, Tri-counties, Running Deer, and South Shore Village at Lake Nacimiento. $505,000 will be for improving fire safety in the Parkhill-Pozo area east of Santa Margarita. $883,000 will be used for specific fire safety projects in Los Osos, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Ranchita Estates, San Luis Obispo, funding for hazardous tree removal and curbside chipping countywide, and a defensible space/fire safe property hygiene display at the Mid State Fair.
The non-profit SLO FSC, started in 1999, is comprised of a 27 member volunteer board of directors from key stakeholder organizations, fire professionals, and citizens dedicated to creating a fire safe environment.