When the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council was organized at the end of 2018, it was clear that among the priorities to launch a local group would be the securing of grants to educate the community to become “fire adapted” and to begin the daunting task of clearance, easily the greatest challenge to create a fire-safe Three Rivers.
Elizabeth LaMar, a local Three Rivers resident and grants specialist with the California Fire Safe Council based in Ontario, Calif., identified several funding sources that were making grant programs available, including Cal Fire and State Farm Insurance.
On May 10, LaMar announced that Three Rivers has tapped yet another source for funding –Southern California Edison Company’s “Edison International Fire Safe Community Grant” program.
There were 47 applications for the grants, and 13 were awarded in the first round; Three Rivers was awarded two.
- The Three Rivers Fire Safe Council was awarded a grant of $6,000 for educational programs and materials.
- In partnership with the Three Rivers Lions Club, the local FSC was also awarded a grant for $20,000 to purchase an industrial chipper.
A chipping program will start this summer. For the launch of this program, residents will be able to bring brush and small branches for chipping to the Lions Roping Arena on designated days to be announced. Do not bring any yard debris in advance to leave at the site; it will only be accepted on designated days. Dumping is illegal.
Adding a community chipper for Three Rivers use is easily a win-win. Local residents are encouraged to maintain clearance year-round but especially during fire season when burning is prohibited. And, everyone breathes easier because the chipping of these materials helps lessen impacts on the area’s fragile air quality.
For more information on the grants or to get involved with the Three Rivers Fire Safe Council, call Elizabeth LaMar at (559) 288-2603.