Dear Friends of The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation,
As we come to the close of this year’s fire season, we at The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (NCFF) wish to thank you for your support of our mission to make Napa County safer and more resilient against the ongoing threat of wildfires. We’re proud to share highlights of our most successful year to date.
Significant Improvements in Wildfire Safety
In 2022 NCFF moved into high gear to implement the county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), completing 42 projects in wildfire resilience, residential defensible space, and hazardous fuel mitigation throughout Napa County.
- $5.3 million in grants and private donations funded completion of 42 wildfire fuel mitigation projects spanning 204 acres in 17 Napa County Fire Safe communities
- 44 miles of roadside vegetation clearance treatments along 17 key wildfire evacuation routes, as well as expanded roadside buffers on 6 highly hazardous roads
- 36 additional projects are scheduled for completion by Spring 2023
- Created wildfire defense buffers in and around residential communities in Angwin, Berryessa Highlands, Berryessa Estates, Circle Oaks, and Silverado
- Inspected and cleared vegetation around 218 homes to create defensible space.
- Launched an innovative residential defensible space cost share program to help up to 315 property owners in high fire severity areas clear vegetation to protect their homes, families, and neighbors from the spread of wildfires. NCFF is seeking grants to expand this pilot program county-wide in 2023
- Installed 600 reflective 911 address signs to protect homeowners and guide emergency responders throughout Calistoga in a partnership with Bank of the West, CAL FIRE, Napa County and Calistoga Fire Departments. NCFF intends to expand this highly successful pilot program county-wide in 2023
- Began a 710 acre Forest Health improvement project in Angwin
- Provided support for 20 individual Fire Safe Councils throughout Napa County to help neighbors prepare for, protect, and defend against wildfires
Sustaining This Progress is a Long-term Commitment
A key tenet of our Wildfire Resilience Action Plan is to expand the paradigm of wildfire protection to include a greater emphasis on proactive prevention and hazard mitigation. The suite of projects in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan continues to grow as we establish new Fire Safe Councils and engage community partner organizations to represent all residents and constituents in Napa County. We have only begun to implement and maintain the tens of millions of dollars’ worth of projects required to substantially reduce the threat and impacts of wildfire to our community over the coming decades.
We Need Your Continued Support!
Your steadfast and valuable support is essential for us to accomplish much more to protect Napa County from future wildfires that threaten public safety, our economy, our environment and the health of our vulnerable community members. Please make your tax-deductible donation below. Thank you for keeping Napa County safe!