Defensible Space Cost Share Program

This program can provide up to 50% reimbursement cost (maximum reimbursement is $2000.00) of eligible defensible space improvements within the first 100 feet around residences, including pruning of trees, removal of ladder fuel vegetation, maintaining grass, and relocation of other flammables.


How to Participate

1) First you must schedule a Free Wildfire Mitigation Review (WMR) from a Yuba Watershed Protection & Fire Safe Council trained volunteer to become eligible for the cost share program

Schedule a Mitigation Review by one of our Trained Volunteer Here!

2) Based on information from your review, perform defensible space activities, working outwards from the front door to the forest, prioritizing Zones 0 and 1 first.  If you mitigate Zone 2 before Zones 0 & 1 are mitigated, your application may not receive approval.  Remember to take before and after PHOTOS of the work – photos and receipts are required for reimbursement eligibility. 

*WE MAY SCHEDULE A FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO CONFIRM PROGRAM ACTIVITIES*

3) Submit an Online Reimbursement Application along with copies of RECEIPTS and invoices, and your before/after photos

or

Print the applications as instructed at the end of this page and mail them in.


Yuba County Foothill Fire Districts Eligible for this Program:

1) Camptonville Community Service District

2) Foothill Fire Protection District

3) Dobbins Oregon House Fire Protection District

4) Loma Rica Browns Valley Community Service District

5) Smartsville Fire Protection District


Eligible Program Activities:

(Prioritize activities such that you work from the front door to the forest)

Zone 0 (Immediate):  Non-combustible area 0-5’ from structure

  • Remove all fuels & shrubs susceptible to ignition within 5’ of structure
  • Install nonflammable landscaping/hardscaping material

Zone 1 (Intermediate): Lean, clean, and green within 5-30’

  • Remove branches overhanging buildings and within 10’ of chimney or stovepipe outlets
  • Create discontinuous fuels using wide spacing and landscaping features
  • Relocate wood piles and other flammable residential items away from homes
  • Chipping of removed fuels
  • Remove seedlings and saplings (not large/mature trees) in order to create/maintain appropriate spacing of tree crowns
  • Prune/ limb-up trees
  • Remove ladder fuels such as shrubs
  • Remove dead biomass material
  • Expose bare mineral soil 10’ around outbuildings, wood piles, and liquid propane tanks

Zone 2 (Extended): Reduced fuels 30-100’ once you’ve addressed areas closer to your residence

  • Chipping of removed fuels
  • Remove seedlings and saplings (not large/mature trees) in order to create/maintain appropriate spacing of tree crowns
  • Prune/limb-up trees
  • Remove ladder fuels such as shrubs
  • Remove dead biomass material
  • Expose bare mineral soil 10’ around outbuildings, wood piles, and liquid propane tanks
  • Mow grasses and annual plants to 4” tall
  • Reduce ground litter and debris to less than 3” depth

This program is focused on helping residents address priority activities that provide the most risk reduction. 

It will not cover the cost of large tree removal.  

Review Full Program Guidelines Here!

 


What is wildfire defensible space?

Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surrounds it. – Cal Fire

 
Creating defensible space involves the careful selection, location and maintenance of vegetation and other combustible materials around a residence. According to the University of California Cooperative Extension (link), the purpose of defensible space is to:
  1. Minimize the pathways for wildfire to burn directly to the home
  2. Reduce radiant heat exposures to the home and structures
  3. Reduce the potential for embers to ignite vegetation adjacent to the home
  4. Provide a safe place for fire personnel to defend the home and allow for safe routes for evacuation.

For Information about the Home Ignition Zone, refer to NFPA Preparing Homes for Wildfire Here

For more information, refer to your Wildfire Mitigation Review and read 

Cal Fire’s page on Defensible Space here!

&

Maintenance Guidelines for specific Landscape Upgrades in each Zone here!

 


Defensible space  Get Started Online:  

1) First Step: Schedule a Mitigation Review Here

2) Complete the recommended upgrades from your review. Take “before” and “after” PHOTOS and SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS.

3) Return to this page to Submit the Cost Share Application along with your digital photos and receipts Here


  Mail in applications: 

 

1) Complete a printable Mitigation Review Application

Go to Mitigation Application Page

2) Make your upgrades, take before and after PHOTOS and SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS.

3) Complete the mail in Cost Share Application (PDF File)

and submit with printed copies of your photos and receipts

Mail application with appropriate postage and supporting documentation to:

YWPFSC Cost Share Program PO Box 966 Marysville CA 95901


*Awards will be distributed first come, first served – until funds run out

*Work must be performed in 2022 and application must be submitted by November 30, 2022

Contact us by emailing programs@yubafiresafe.org if you are unsure whether specific work will be eligible or have other questions. Submission of an application does not guarantee reimbursement, which will occur based on determination of project eligibility and fund availability.


Funding Provided by a Grant From

Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO), AIM Program


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