California Fire Safe Council announces receipt of Edison International Wildfire Assistance Fund donation of $500,000 during Wildfire Preparedness Week and Awarding of $200,000 in 13 Fire Safe Community Grants

For Immediate Release


Tracy Katelman 



Amber Gardner            

Clearinghouse Manager                                      


SacramentoMay 9, 2019—California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce the award of $500,000 from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE). The funds are being provided to help advance wildfire safety throughout Edison’s service area.

“We’re excited to be launching a new Fire Safe Council capacity-building program thanks to Edison’s generous and timely donation. Edison’s Wildfire Assistance Fund will help us to start new Fire Safe Councils, translate and distribute home hardening and defensible space materials in Spanish, and fund another $130,000 in Fire Safe Community Grants,” stated CFSC Executive Director Tracy Katelman.

“Edison’s number one priority continues to be the safety of our employees, customers, and communities; we recognize that areas at risk for wildfire are expanding across the state” said Caroline Choi, Edison International and Southern California Edison senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We remain committed to supporting our forward-thinking nonprofit partners, including the California Fire Safe Council, to focus on resiliency projects that target risk reduction and preparedness in our underserved communities.”

CFSC and Edison have a long-standing relationship, which includes a grant in 2018 that supports 13 Fire Safe Community grants to communities in SCE’s service area.

“CFSC has been thrilled to work with Edison International in the past year to provide $200,000 in small grants for community fire prevention and preparedness projects,” said Amber Gardner, CFSC Clearinghouse Manager. “We have been excited to launch this new corporate funding model and hope to replicate it with other California-based companies.”

The just-announced projects will help Southern California communities respond to the growing concern over catastrophic wildfire while exemplifying efforts to create fire-adapted communities.

The 13 Fire Safe Community projects funded this summer by Edison’s grant are:

Bell Canyon Association Inc         

Project Name: Establish a Bell Canyon Fire Safe Council, conduct community training and take next steps.

Awarded Amount: $25,000

Big Bear Fire Authority                                                                                  

Project Name: Chip For Big Bear                                                                    

Awarded Amount: $25,000

City of Corona Fire Department                                                                  

 Project Name: Community Outreach/Preparedness                                                                                 

 Awarded Amount: $5,040

City of Monterey Park Fire Department                                                       

Project Name: Monterey Park Brush Clearance Campaign                                                                        

 Awarded Amount: $10,000

Concerned Resource & Environmental Workers                                                                                           

Project Name: Ojai Valley Fire Prevention & Preparedness Equipment                                                             

 Awarded Amount: $3,622.31

Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council                                                                 Project Name: Laguna Beach Neighborhood-Specific Emergency Evacuation Routes and Disaster Preparedness Guidelines  

Awarded Amount: $14,000

Irvine Ranch Conservancy                                                                                                   

 Project Name: Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Orange County Fire Watch                                                                       

 Awarded Amount: $25,000

North Topanga Fire Safe Council                                                                                                            

Project Name: Home Ignition Zone Training Workshops                               

Awarded Amount: $24,080

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District                                                                                                            

 Project Name: Fuel Hazard Reduction Equipment                                                                                             

  Awarded Amount: 10,000

Three Rivers Fire Safe Council                                                                      

Project Name: Awareness Through Education for the Community of Three Rivers                                                 

 Awarded Amount: $5,010

Three Rivers Lions Club                                                                                                                            

 Project Name: Wood Chipper for Community Chipping Days                                                                   

 Awarded Amount: $22,400

Ventura County Resource Conservation District                                                                                                

Project Name: “Living with Fire” Outreach Initiative                                

Awarded Amount: $24,870

Wrightwood Fire Safe Council                                                                                                           

 Project Name: Wrightwood Wildfire Awareness 2019                                                                                                               

 Awarded Amount: $5,071

The California Fire Safe Council has been mobilizing Californians to protect their homes, communities and environments from wildfires for over 25 years. Along with our 15 years of successful grant-making, we have a deep history of providing capacity building and technical assistance for local Fire Safe Councils, and in facilitating cross-sectoral investments in wildfire resilience.

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