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California Wildfire Mitigation Program

As part of the State of California’s effort to strengthen community-wide resilience against wildfires, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop a state home hardening initiative to retrofit, harden, and create defensible space for homes at high risk to wildfires. This initiative focuses on high social vulnerability communities and providing financial assistance for home hardening activities to low- and moderate-income households. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 38 in 2019 authorizing Cal OES and CAL FIRE to enter into a joint powers agreement to oversee the development and implementation of the Program.

The following documents include additional information related to Assembly Bill 38, the joint exercise of powers agreement (JPA) between Cal OES and CAL FIRE, and the California Wildfire Program’s business plan.

This effort, also known as the Home Hardening Program, encourages cost-effective wildfire resilience measures to create ignition-resistant homes. Mitigation measures such as home hardening, vegetation management, defensible space, and other fuel modification activities provide neighborhood and community-wide benefits against wildfire.

What Does the California Wildfire Mitigation Program Provide?

  • Wildfire Home Hardening includes retrofitting homes with ignition-resistant materials and creating defensible space around homes and communities.
  • Community and homeowner wildfire education on defensible space and home retrofitting.
  • A framework that can be modeled throughout California communities.
  • Financial assistance to support home hardening work for homeowners who qualify for the program.
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Pilot Phase

Select counties were prioritized as pilot areas for this Program after conducting a statewide analysis at the parcel and census-tract level of areas with high wildfire risk and social vulnerability. Fire risk, climate change risk factors, and census data were included in the analyses. The program will expand to additional counties in the future.

The six social vulnerability factors prioritized for this Program include:

  • Residents in poverty
  • Residents with a disability
  • Residents over 65 years of age
  • Residents under 5 years of age
  • Residents with language barriers
  • Residents without a car

The analysis used social vulnerability data from the Center for Disease Control Social Vulnerability Index (2018) and only considered census tracts in the Fire Hazard Severity Zones.

Qualifications

To qualify, participants must:

  • Be the legal property owner in a participating area at the time of application
  • Be willing to participate in a home assessment to determine the measures which may be taken to safeguard your home
  • Be willing to sign a right of entry to your property and allow contractors to implement the defensible space and home hardening activities

Application Details for Interested Homeowners

Applications are currently being accepted in select areas of the following communities:
  • Whitmore area homeowners in Shasta County (96096 ZIP Code)
  • Dulzura area homeowners in San Diego County (91917 ZIP Code)
  • Kelseyville-Riviera area homeowners in Lake County (95451 ZIP Code)
  • Mt. Shasta area homeowners in Siskiyou County (96067 ZIP Code)

If your application has been approved, the Program will provide a free home assessment to determine what measures may be needed to better protect your home from wildfires. 

California Wildfire Mitigation Program (CWMP) Board Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

The California Wildfire Mitigation Program (CWMP) Board Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of every month from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM until further notice.

Meeting Location:

California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) Building – 2nd Floor Conference Room 2-221

715 P Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Meeting time, date, and location may vary. Please check Upcoming Meeting Documents for changes. CWMP Board Meetings are open to the public except when specifically noticed otherwise in accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

Virtual waiting room will open 15 minutes prior to meeting start time.  

Upcoming Meeting Documents:

Archives:

2023 Documents

 

Contacts

California Wildfire Mitigation Program

Lake County

North Coast Opportunities (NCO)

San Diego County

Community Risk Reduction

Shasta County

Shasta Fire Safe Council

Siskiyou County

Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District
Phone: 530-572-3142
Email: firesmart@svrcd.org
Website: www.svrcd.org