City Efforts to Reduce Wildfire Risk

In late 2020, City Council adopted Santa Rosa’s first ever Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This five-year plan provides a roadmap for reducing the risk of wildfires locally through a variety of recommended strategies. To help fund and implement the recommendations of this plan, the Santa Rosa Fire Department continues to actively pursue many funding opportunities. 

Seeking Funding Opportunities to Implement Work of the CWPP

Grants

The Fire Department has applied for the following opportunities to attempt to secure wildfire mitigation funding: 

Project: Fuel Reduction along Evacuation Routes
Granting Agency: FEMA - Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Status: Application submitted; awaiting results
Amount requested: $2.8 million (City has a 25 percent cost share)
Details: Will include the removal and/or treatment of vegetation and fuel along the following evacuation route areas:

  • Alta Vista Ave 
  • Brush Creek Rd 
  • Calistoga Rd 
  • Chanate Road 
  • Cross Creek Road 
  • Fountaingrove Parkway  
  • Low Olivos Road 
  • Montecito Ave 
  • Montgomery Dr 

Project: Wildland Urban Interface Fuel Modification
Granting Agency: FEMA - Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Status: Application submitted; awaiting results
Amount requested: $2.1 million (City has a 25 percent cost share)
Details: A Home Hardening and Defensible Space Program -- would be eligible for all residents in the Wildland Urban Interface Area on a first come, first serve basis. The project would fund vent screening and roof gutter guards for structures and defensible space improvements. 

Project: Vegetation Management Program
Granting Agency: HCD’s 2017 CDBG-MIT Resilient Planning and Public Services Program*
 *The City of Santa Rosa has been allocated $20.1M from HUD (46.7% of the total available to the State for this program) to support the City’s resiliency measures related to emergency management, disaster response, and/or preparedness needs following the 2017 fires. The funds are held in an HCD-managed account and the City must submit individual projects to be approved by HCD for use/drawdown of the funds available to SR.
Status: Application submitted to HCD, working to fine tune cost estimates through RFI
Amount requested: $500,000.00
Details: Chipper program – This program would educate and empower homeowners within the City’s Wildland Urban Interface areas of our community on ways they can reduce hazardous fuel growth on and adjacent to their property, and provide ways in which they can dispose of these fuels (city-run chipper operation).

Other Funding Sources and City Efforts

PG&E Settlement Funds: During the Feb. 19, 2021, City Council Goal Setting session, the Council provided directions to staff to allocate $8 million of the City’s $95 million PG&E 2017 wildfire settlement funds for the following uses: 

  • $5.25 million to implement a 5-year Vegetation Management Program using the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan as a roadmap to reduce the risk of wildfires locally through evacuation route improvements, community wildfire education, wildfire and evacuation preparedness, structural hardening of the built environment, vegetation treatments to reduce wildfire threat, implementation of defensible space standards and increased staffing dedicated to the wildfire mitigation workload. 
  • $2.75 million for implementation of the Fire Department’s Wildland Resiliency and Response Strategic Plan. Implementation of this plan will provide additional resources to legislative efforts, community engagement and education, and additional wildland firefighting apparatus and equipment to significantly improve the Fire Department’s capacity and abilities to prevent, mitigate, and respond to wildland fires using current staffing and fire stations.