Contra Costa County Fire Protection District on June 3 announced receipt of a $3 million California Climate Investments Wildfire Prevention Grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The grant is for creation of a shaded fuel break across southern Lafayette and Walnut Creek, that will, when completed in 2024, afford significant protection from wildfires for residents in the communities of Rossmoor and southern Lafayette.
The project area will encompass 194 acres along some 11 miles of open space in the East Bay, and work is expected to start in approximately 120 days. The grant directly supports Con Fire's efforts to quickly suppress fires in densely-populated wildland-urban interface and hard-to-access grassland areas before they are able to threaten homes, businesses and other property.
"We're pleased to announce receipt of this grant, which will contribute immensely to our ability to protect communities we serve," said Con Fire Chief Lewis Broschard.