City Council accepts $1 Million Fuel Modification Grant to help protect South Laguna from the threat of wildfires

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21, the Laguna Beach City Council accepted a fuel modification grant for $1 Million to help protect South Laguna Beach from the threat of wildfires.

In 2019, under the leadership of Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, the City was successful in obtaining fuel modification funding as part of the 2020 California State Budget.

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Trimming back invasive brush is part of what is known as “Fuel Modification,” shown here in South Laguna

AB109 was sponsored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and included a $1 Million grant for use in the South Laguna area.

The grant, accepted by the City on Tuesday, enables the City to complete fuel modification treatment of 17.26 acres in South Laguna Beach, protecting residents by creating a 100-foot wide fuel reduction barrier next to homes and businesses.

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One of the City’s goat herds working on a fuel modification area in South Laguna

Unlike other State Grants, no matching funds are required by the City for this project, which will take place over the next three years.