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SDRFF awards over $120,000 to 18 local FSCs

FALLBROOK – The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (SDRFF) awarded $123,610 in grants May 31 to 18 local Fire Safe Councils (FSCs) funding the critical work they do.

San Diego County has more FSCs than any county in California. FSCs play a crucial role in keeping our region safe from wildfires. FSCs are volunteers, "boots on the ground," that provide community-based support to reduce both the number and severity of wildfires. They do this by clearing vegetation and chipping, which creates defensible space around homes, businesses, roadsides and other high fire risk areas.

FSCs also hold community events that provide emergency kits and information on wildfire and evacuation preparedness, home fire prevention and home hardening, which is the use of building materials and installation techniques that increase resistance to heat and flames. The community clean up events that are sponsored by FSCs collect tons of metal, electronics and appliances, which might otherwise get dumped in fields or along roadways, creating significant environmental hazards.

These volunteer organizations work hand in hand with local fire agencies to address specific fire risks in their communities and are crucial to keeping San Diego County safer from wildfires. This year's grants also included funding for reflective signs which Fire Chiefs say are critical to locate residences in rural areas during emergency situations when minutes matter. Additional funding went to support a large animal emergency planning clinic.

The FSCs that received grants include:

• Elfin Forest/Harmony Grove

• Fallbrook

• Julian

• Palomar Mountain

• Poway

• Ramona West End

• Southwest Escondido

Funding was proudly provided by San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Regional Fire Foundation and the San Diego River Conservancy through the governor's Wildfire Early Action Plan.

Submitted by San Diego Regional Fire Foundation.


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