Wildfire Mitigation Grant Program Projects on Hold Until January 2024
Wildfire Mitigation Grant Program – New Individual Projects on hold until January 2024
In 2018, the entire City of Ashland was designated as a Wildfire Hazard Zone after a comprehensive analysis of risk factors. This allows proactive fire prevention codes to be applied during construction projects. For homes already in place before the 2018 code adoption, voluntary mitigation is essential to lowering the city’s overall risk and that work can be onerous and expensive. To help our community lower wildfire risk, AF&R continually seeks grant funding for our risk reduction programs.
The largest grant award we’ve received to date is a $3 million FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant. The City applied for this grant in 2018 and the grant was awarded in April 2021 and will remain active until April 2025. This funding could help up to 1,100 homes throughout the city reduce their wildfire risk. Approximately 250 properties have already participated in this FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation project. The monies help homeowners create defensible space for wildfire around their home or replace flammable wood shake roofing. Learn more about adapting to wildfire on the City’s Fire Adapted Ashland webpage, FireAdaptedAshland.org.