The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $4.2 million fire prevention grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) California Climate Investments Program. The grant provides funding to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from wildfires and sequester carbon. The grant is funded by the State Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
“This is a huge award for our City and our ability to reduce the risk of wildfire potential in Laguna Beach,” said Laguna Beach Fire Chief Michael Garcia. “It will give us the resources needed to fund hazardous fuel reduction, fire planning, and fire prevention education emphasizing public health and safety while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
With City Council approval, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Michael Garcia submitted the City’s grant application in conjunction with seven partner agencies and organizations. They include the City of Irvine, Orange County Fire Authority, Laguna Canyon Foundation, OC Parks, Greater Laguna Coast Firesafe Council, and the Natural Communities Coalition. The City and its partners share a 25% grant match commitment.
“All agencies will work together on fuel reduction which will lower the risk of wildfires and help reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions,” Garcia said. “As the managing partner for the grant, 95% of the grant work is planned within the City of Laguna Beach. We are thrilled and thankful to Cal Fire for the fire prevention this grant will allow us to accomplish.”