Regional Wildfire Fuels Mitigation Grant - Update

Posted: 08-Mar-2019

In response to Executive Order N-05-19, CAL FIRE issued a 45-Day Report to Governor Gavin Newsom that systematically identified high priority fuels reduction projects and other measures to protect over 200 of California’s most wildfire-vulnerable communities, and put the state on a path toward long-term wildfire prevention and forest health.

The CAL FIRE report identifies more than 30 strategically-defined local projects that can be addressed urgently in partnership with communities to make a difference this wildfire season. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District partnered with CAL FIRE, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the East Bay Regional Park District, and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District to submit the North Orinda Fuel Break proposal which was included on this list.

If approved, the project would allow work to begin on approximately 14 miles of shaded fuel break from EBMUD’s north watershed lands near the top of Eagle’s Nest Trail, down Wildcat Canyon Rd to Bear Creek Rd and along Lafayette Ridge to Pleasant Hill Road. Shaded fuel breaks are designed to reduce the risk of wildfires entering communities by removing understory and ground fuels. The tree canopies would be left intact to discourage regrowth. If funded, the project would have to be completed by the end of 2019.

This project is intended to reduce the threat of wildfire spreading from the wilderness areas North of our community and residents should also continue to do their part in reducing the impacts of wildfires by maintaining defensible space around their homes. This work is critical to prevent the spread of fire via windborne embers. Visit for more information- http://www.mofd.org/fire-prevention/abatement.

Residents should also take time to sign up their mobile devices for emergency alerts with the Contra Costa County Community Warning System in order to receive evacuation orders in the event of a fire- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCxro7wt37uS3w_ELxIZt2hAPmVNwflrs3qcpB400Flc0wxQ/viewform

The District's Wildfire Prevention Strategic Plan is available here