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Tri-Counties gets $9 million from state for local wildfire prevention programs

Lance Orozco
The 2017 Thomas Wildfire burning near Faria Beach in Ventura County.

Projects range from removing dead trees to using sheep and goats to clear brush from high fire danger areas.

The state has announced $118 million in grants for fire prevention programs around the state, with a number of projects on the Central and South Coast among those funded.

The goal of the CalFire grant program is to give communities resources to prevent wildfires. More than a half dozen projects were funded in the Tri-Counties, with the region receiving more than $9 million.

Ventura County is receiving more than $350,000 to pay for the removal of more than 80 dead, or dying trees posing a fire risk around Ojai’s Soule Park.

Santa Barbara County’s Fire Safe Council is getting nearly $2 million to use sheep, and goats to safely remove brush on 3,000 acres of land in high fire danger zones.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians received $233,000 to buy equipment for brush removal, as well as education programs.

And, San Luis Obispo County’s Fire Safe Council is getting the biggest grant in the region, $4.4 million, to reduce the fuel threat on more than 3800 acres of land.