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Three Rivers receives $27,000 to prevent wildfires

Three Rivers receives $27,000 to prevent wildfires

California Fire Safe Council grants will fund community outreach, wood chipper

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THREE RIVERS –Three Rivers recently received over $27,000 to help keep its community safe from wildfire. Last week, the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) announced it was funding two projects in Three Rivers with two different organizations. The Three Rivers Fire Safe Council was awarded $5,010 to raise awareness of and offer ideas to reduce wildfire hazards in the gateway community to Sequoia National Park. The Three Rivers Lions Club was awarded $22,400 to purchase a wood chipper to hold free events to chip brush and branches from residents to reduce potential fuel for a wildfire.

The funds were part of a $500,000 donation from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), to help advance wildfire safety throughout Edison’s service area. The Three Rivers projects were part of $200,000 that funded 13 Fire Safe community grants. Three Rivers was the only community to receive two grants. This funding will allow organizations such as Fire Safe Councils to implement activities to assist with capacity building, community outreach and preparedness, permit-ready hazardous fuel treatment projects, and purchase much needed supplies and equipment. Another $300,000 will be spent on statewide efforts by the CFSC.

“We’re excited to be launching a new Fire Safe Council capacity-building program thanks to Edison’s generous and timely donation. Edison’s Wildfire Assistance Fund will help us to start new Fire Safe Councils, translate and distribute home hardening and defensible space materials in Spanish, and fund another $130,000 in Fire Safe Community Grants,” stated CFSC Executive Director Tracy Katelman.

“Edison’s number one priority continues to be the safety of our employees, customers, and communities; we recognize that areas at risk for wildfire are expanding across the state” said Caroline Choi, Edison International and Southern California Edison senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We remain committed to supporting our forward-thinking nonprofit partners, including the California Fire Safe Council, to focus on resiliency projects that target risk reduction and preparedness in our underserved communities.”

CFSC and Edison have a long-standing relationship, which includes a grant in 2018 that supports 13 Fire Safe Community grants to communities in SCE’s service area.

“CFSC has been thrilled to work with Edison International in the past year to provide $200,000 in small grants for community fire prevention and preparedness projects,” said Amber Gardner, CFSC Clearinghouse Manager. “We have been excited to launch this new corporate funding model and hope to replicate it with other California-based companies.”

The just-announced projects will help Southern California communities respond to the growing concern over catastrophic wildfire while exemplifying efforts to create fire-adapted communities.

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