Fuels Reduction Projects

For a look at our most up-to-date fuel reduction projects and progress, we invite you to look at our interactive Fuel Reduction Projects Dashboard

Landowner Access Agreements

Hazardous Fuel Reduction, Shaded Fuel Breaks & Historic Fire Access Roads Maintenance

Attention Napa County Property Owners
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Please follow the process below to authorize the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation to access your property to design, permit, and implement a wildfire mitigation project.

The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (NCFF/Napa Firewise) has funding to implement a wildfire mitigation project in your neighborhood. The project is included in the Napa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2021, or it is being added to an Expanded CWPP this year by your local Fire Safe Council.

These roadside hazardous fuel reduction, shaded fuel break, and historic fire road maintenance projects are designed to moderate wildfire intensity, facilitate your safe evacuation, and provide firefighter access for improved fire suppression in the event of a wildfire. The planned projects in the CWPP were created collaboratively by residents working with their local Fire Safe Council and Napa Firewise representatives, the Napa County Fire Department, and other wildfire experts. Napa Firewise is pursuing funding to finalize designing, permitting, and implementing these projects.

Projects funded with public grants require resource assessment surveys to obtain permits prior to implementation. Depending upon the type of habitat in the proposed project location, some locations must be surveyed at specific times during the year to assess potential impacts to special status plant and animal species. The results of these surveys are used to create the final project design and the schedule for implementation to avoid any impacts, as required to obtain a permit. In addition to allowing project implementation, the permit will then allow for future maintenance of the project as funding and other resources allow.

Projects funded with private funds and completed on private property may not require permitting but do need a signed landowner agreement on file to plan and complete the work.

We are requesting your permission to access your property to document site conditions required to properly scope, permit, and implement a CWPP wildfire preparedness project at no cost to you. To participate in this project and reduce the risk and impacts of wildfire to your property and community, please have the authorized property owner review, sign, and return the Landowner Access agreement to Napa Firewise.

If you received a hard copy of the Landowner Access Agreement, you may scan and email the signed agreement to projects@napafirewise.orgor return it by mail it to:

The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation
(NCFF / Napa Firewise)
P. O. Box 440B
St. Helena, CA 94574

Project description:

Vegetation management work proposed for removing hazardous fuel loads to create a shaded fuel break along roads and surrounding residential communities may involve any of the following: manual labor and hand tools, chain saws, weed whackers, pole saws, and mastication, chipping and/or pile burning, as necessary. Historic fire roads will be regraded and maintained for access. Participating properties covered in our permit will be eligible for Napa Firewise to fund and complete the proposed work within the next year, and, with your subsequent permission, to perform routine vegetation and fire road maintenance as funding and resources allow. Please note that the work will be limited to the scope and footprint of the specific project.

Project locations and descriptions can be seen on the CWPP Project Map. Sign up to become a member of your local Fire Safe Council and to receive email updates about upcoming projects and fire safety information. For questions, please contact your local Fire Safe Council representatives, or Napa Firewise at projects@napafirewise.org.

Thank you for your participation in this hazardous fuel reduction project.

Wildfire Fuels Mapper Reports

Download your personal Wildfire Fuels Mapper Report to better understand your land, reduce fuels, and protect your community. Visit the Napa County Wildfire Fuel Mapper website today for maps, reports, and information to help reduce wildfire hazard.

Updates to the reports are in progress and that maps will be available for download in mid September.

Apply for Funding to Manage Vegetation on Your Property to Create Defensible Space

We have grant funding to help you afford the cost of managing vegetation to reduce wildfire risk to residential buildings. We are reimbursing residents for 50% of the cost of new qualifying defensible space projects, up to a maximum of $3,500 per property.  This cost share reimbursement program is available to Napa County residents in or near High and Very High Fire Hazard Severity zones. Apply today.

Get Involved In Your FSC

We invite you to learn more about your local Fire Safe Council and how you can help protect your property and the community.

Support Our Efforts

All our work is funded by grants and/or public contributions. We need your help to make Napa County as safe as possible from wildfires and save lives.

Our Programs

Napa Firewise has many active programs available to those residing in Napa County. These projects are designed to mitigate wildfires in Napa County and many include grant funding to help residents make their homes safer.

For a look at the implementation of projects, view our calendar.