Wildfire Resource Center

Up-to-date information, checklists and tips to help you prepare and recover

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Is your community prepared for wildfire season?

About wildfires

Wildfires typically take place in natural areas, such as forests and prairies. They can quickly spread to communities and devastate buildings and personal property.

Grants information

There are several grant programs available for those in wildfire-prone areas. Some are national programs, while others are available only to California residents. There are a number of programs designed specifically for wildfire mitigation and recovery. These include the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire, PrepareCA Jumpstart,Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG), and more.

Preparedness tips

Don’t wait to prepare. Not sure where to get started? We’ve curated a few different resources to help you and your community learn how to be prepared. Access them in the resources section above.

Resources and downloads

Wildfire Preparedness Checklist

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire

What our experts have to say

“Controlling fires is the responsibility first of the local community, then it goes up to the state if necessary. Sometimes, however, the efforts may not be enough. FEMA has a program called the Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) that provides assistance in the form of grants for equipment, supplies, and certain personnel costs. This program is for the mitigation, management, and control of fire on public or private land.”
– Carlos J. Castillo, Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

“Wildfires need to be respected because they are nature’s terror weapon. Wildfires can result in complete devastation, with their after-effects lasting generations. You may not encounter one for decades, and then you smell smoke.

Communities’ encroachment into wooded areas, warmer and drier conditions, and ineffective forest and rangeland management are just a few elements contributing to more intense wildfires, so we need to be alert. We need to prepare.

Individuals need to take responsibility, with a sense of urgency, to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Create a viable defensible space around your property and use fire-resistant materials whenever possible. Be familiar with and practice your evacuation routes; you cannot fight a wildfire with a garden hose. Create go-kits that include essential documents and medicines. Urge your community to adopt area-wide fire prevention practices and enhancement of fire response.”
Mark Stephenson II, Mitigation Grant Manager

Carlos J. Castillo

Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer

Mark Stephenson II

Mitigation Grant Manager

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