Last Thursday, the Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council received notice of another grant approval. It will receive $151,726 for various fire safe projects on the Hill.

The California Fire Safe Council announced grants to local fire safe councils in 22 counties. The CFSC received three grants from the U.S. Forest Service and reallocated these funds to the local FSCs.

“We’ll use some of the funds to continue with our fuel reduction projects,” said Edwina Scott, MCFSC executive director. “Also in September, we’ll be maintaining the Pinyon and Poppet Flats brush-pile sites.”

Through the grants from CFSC, local fire safe councils undertake fuel-reduction projects, such as community chipper programs, fuelbreaks, roadside defensible space projects, Community Wildfire Protection Plans and other plans.

In addition to the federal funds, the projects will utilize more than $4 million in matching contributions, both in-kind and in cash, according to the CFSC release.