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South Coast community gets state grant for major wildfire prevention effort

 The state has given Goleta $1.7 million dollars for some wildfire prevention programs.
City of Goleta
The state has given Goleta $1.7 million for some wildfire prevention programs.

Funding will also pay for tree and branch removal to protect monarch butterfly habitat in Goleta.

A South Coast city has received a major state grant to try to prevent future wildfires.

Goleta got $1.7 million from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The money will be used to reduce the brush fire risk in the Ellwood Mesa area, and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The plan is to create a defensible buffer space between open space in the area, and about 3500 nearby homes.

The goal is to also remove a number of dead eucalyptus trees, and downed wood in the area which pose a brush fire threat to the Ellwood Mesa’s monarch butterfly habitat area.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.