California Wildfire Mitigation Program - Home Hardening Initiative

Currently accepting applications (from Dulzura Residents only at this time).

The California Wildfire Mitigation Program is a pilot program put together by CAL OES and CAL FIRE, and is funded in part by FEMA to support California homeowners with protecting their property from wildfire damage through defensible space and home retrofitting.

Dulzura applicants please apply here: wildfiremitigation.caloes.ca.gov

 

The communities that have been selected in San Diego County to pilot the California Wildfire Mitigation Program over the next three years are Dulzura (Year 2022), Potrero (Year 2023), and Campo (Year 2024). Currently the California Wildfire Mitigation grant program is only accepting applications from the community of Dulzura.

The California Wildfire Mitigation Program is a partnership between California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and local communities that focuses on developing community home hardening programs to retrofit, harden, and create defensible space for homes at high risk to wildfires.

San Diego County was prioritized as a potential demonstration county after conducting a state-wide analysis of areas with high wildfire risk and high social vulnerability at the parcel and census-tract level. Fire risk, climate change, and census data were included in the analysis.

The five social vulnerability factors prioritized in the State enabling legislation for this program include: residents over age 65, residents in poverty, residents with a disability, residents with limited English, and residents without a car. Percentages were obtained from Center for Disease Control Social Vulnerability Index (2018) and only include census tracts in the High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.

Project areas within San Diego County were selected with input of local representatives but were required to be areas that are Wildland Interface Areas, High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, and contained census tracts with high social vulnerability populations. Other factors include those inputs required for the Benefit Costs Analysis required of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program, such as home values, replacement costs, and burn recurrence intervals for the areas.

It is important to note that during the pilot phase of the California Wildfire Mitigation Program development, demonstration communities will aim to harden a small number of homes. In time, the program could be expanded to include other areas.

For more information, please visit the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Home Hardening Flyer

You may also call 858-974-5929 or send an email to HomeHardening.SanDiego@sdcounty.ca.gov.