San Rafael – Marin County residents will benefit from two wildfire prevention grants awarded Monday. As part of the State's SRA Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program, these grants will be used to reduce fuels and improve defensible space, evacuation routes, and preparedness in Marin's State Responsibility Areas (SRA). The first grant will fund $98,533 to reduce fuels along roadway evacuation routes and fund neighborhood chipper days in SRA communities in Marin. The second grant of $63,588 will fund a variety of fuel reduction and wildfire prepredness projects in the Rancho Santa Margarita community near Nicasio. FIRESafe MARIN will manage the grants in cooperation with Marin County Fire Department, Nicasio Volunteer Fire Department, and other local fire and land management agencies.
2014 and 2015 were FIRESafe MARIN's most successful years ever, with more than $816,472 in grants awarded. 2016 has seen several new grant funded wildfire prevention projects in Marin, bringing the three year funding total to $1,078,593. Our fuel reduction efforts in 2014 and 2015 spanned the entire County, from West Marin to Sausalito, involving thousands of volunteer hours and dozens of state, federal, and local public land management agencies, private homeowner's associations, businesses, PG&E, and every Marin fire agency. A partial list of projects funded in 2014, 2015, and 2016 is available online at www.firesafemarin.org/projects.