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State Awards More Than $16 Million For Wildfire Prevention Efforts On Central, South Coasts

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KCLU photo by Lance Orozco
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The Thomas Fire burning near Faria Beach in Ventura County in December of 2017.

Projects include brush fire fuel reduction efforts in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties

Officials with the state’s fire agency have announced more than $138 million dollars in wildfire prevention grants statewide, including more than $16 million dollars for projects on the Central and South Coasts.

The largest of the CAL FIRE funded projects being funded locally is a $6.4 million dollar program in Santa Barbara County. It calls for clearing potentially dangerous brush from the Tepusquet Canyon, Cuyama, and Sisquoc areas.

The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is getting $2.7 million for reducing fire hazards. And, the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council will receive $2.3 million for wildfire fuel removal in nine areas which pose high risk to homes, and other buildings.

Smaller funded projects include tree trimming and brush removal in, and around Ojai, Santa Paula, and in Santa Barbara County’s Painted Cave area.