DNR now accepting applications for wildfire fuel reduction work; grants up to $15,000 offered

This home was saved from the Suncrest Fire in Chelan because the homeowners reduced the fuel around their home. Photo: DNR
This home was saved from the Suncrest Fire in Chelan because the homeowners reduced the fuel around their home. Photo: DNR

If you live in a Firewise Community or plan to become a Firewise Community, we have grant funding for you.

The Washington Firewise Community Fuel Mitigation grant is intended to encourage community members to work together on reducing their risks to wildfire using Firewise principles. But you need to plan now, as the application period closes Nov. 28, 2016.

This is a cost-share grant to help local communities lessen the impact of wildfire by removing hazardous fuels. These grants are specific to fuel reduction work, such as projects like:

  • Improving rights-of-way
  • Adding more green spaces or defensible spaces
  • Having a chipper day
  • Hiring a work crew

Work can be done by the community or by a contractor, but don’t start work yet. You need to apply for the grant and be approved before any work begins. All work must be completed by May 31, 2017.

We encourage applicants to look for opportunities to collaborate with other communities or organizations on projects. This will help increase the impact on the landscape and leverage the match that is needed through cash, other grants or in-kind contributions.

Why is Firewise planning so important?

Many people want to live in or near the forest, and because of this, we find ourselves fighting more and more wildfires to save those homes. Your home may not be savable if it does not have defensible space around it. Defensible space not only gives you added protection against wildfire but that space also creates a safer location for firefighters to go in and protect your home.

Firewise planning has definitely helped save homes from wildfire. See KPQ radio’s story on Firewise paying off.

We want to make significant impacts in wildfire mitigation across our state, so please take this opportunity now, because our wildfire seasons are not going away.

Learn more about this funding opportunity at DNR’s Defend Your Home webpage.