Mendocino County homeowners eligible for new Fire Safe Roof grant funding: 3 meetings mid-week • The Mendocino Voice | Mendocino County, CAThe Mendocino Voice

MENDOCINO Co., 8/1/21 – The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council this week announced a series of three public meetings on the new Fire Safe Roof project, a pilot program that offers discounts to homeowners upgrading to fire-resistant roofing materials.

“The roof is the most vulnerable part of a home during wildfires and a fire-resistant roof is the most important structural protection to harden a home,” the municipality said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Fire Safe Council, homeowners in high- and very high-risk zones (including most of the county once you exit the valley floors) may qualify for help with the cost of installing fire-rated attic vents, rain gutter covers, and Class A roofing materials. such as concrete, asphalt fiber shingles and certain types of tiles – providing the highest level of protection against wildfires. Grant recipients would also be required to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around the structure.

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Organizers hope to conduct inspections and get quotes later this year and begin construction next summer. Applications are available online at: www.firesaferoof.com.

Public information meetings will be held Tuesday, August 3 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Wednesday, August 4 at Laytonville’s Harwood Hall, and Thursday, August 5 at Fort Bragg Grange. All three are scheduled from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM and masks are required for entry. The Fire Safe Council release is included below:

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Mendocino County is testing a new FEMA and CalOES Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Redwood Complex Ignition-Resistant Construction project — also known as the “Fire Safe Roof Project” — will provide discounts to homeowners who replace eligible roofs with Class A fire-resistant materials. The subsidy can also be used for the installation of fire-resistant attic ventilation and/or gutter covers. The roof is the most vulnerable part of a home during wildfires and a fireproof roof is the most important structural protection to harden a home. The objectives of the project are to make homes more resistant to wildfires in the high and very high fire hazard zones, as designated by CAL FIRE, to improve community resilience and prevent loss of life and property. The project is administered by the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council.

There will be three public meetings about the fair, all from 5.30-7pm: Tuesday, August 3 at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center; Wednesday, August 4 at Harwood Hall in Laytonville; and Thursday, August 5 at the Fort Bragg Grange. Everyone is welcome to attend; Face masks are mandatory for all attendees. There will be a presentation on the grant requirements and an overview of the defensible space, with plenty of time for questions. A recording with the same information will be available online at firesaferoof.com in English and Spanish.

To qualify for the grant, homeowners must own a home in the high or very high fire risk zones in Mendocino County, which encompasses most of the county outside the valley. Homeowners should also have a roof that does not meet Class A home surfacing standards or a roof that would enjoy a significant fire protection improvement from a new Class A roof. The homeowner must also agree to maintain 100 feet of defensible space for the life of the roof.

The application is currently open and can be completed online at firesaferoof.com; assistance in completing the application is available. Loan assistance is available to all applicants, regardless of income or credit history, thanks to a special loan program designed by the Mendocino County Savings Bank.

The goal is to conduct roof and defensible space inspections this fall and winter and get quotes for the work needed and begin installation of the roof next summer, depending on various factors associated with testing a new program.

For questions or concerns, please contact Grant Manager Elizabeth Archer at (707) 485-4598 or: [email protected]

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