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Building Division

Wildfire Mitigation Cost-Share Program

NOTICE – September 25, 2023

  Due to the overwhelming success of the Wildfire Mitigation Cost Share Program, we are not accepting any new applications until further notice.   At that time, ALL applications will be reviewed and considered for selection. Applications that are not awarded due to limited funding will be placed on a waitlist for 2024.

Thank you for your interest and support in this program. Any additional updates will be posted to this webpage.

Douglas County’s new Wildfire Mitigation Cost-Sharing Program will help residents and communities mitigate private land against the risk of wildfire. Funded by portions of the County’s American Rescue Plan Act allocation, this program aims to increase the pace and scale of private wildfire mitigation efforts, overcome financial barriers to completing mitigation, and build community capacity across Douglas County.

Wildfire mitigation projects will be awarded through an application process. Eligible projects will focus on creating defensible space, reducing vegetation densities, and disrupting the continuity of fuels in and around communities and individual properties in the wildland-urban interface. Project proposals must reflect accepted science-based mitigation best practices for the present vegetation types.

Funds will be distributed following the completion of the project, certification of all work by Douglas County wildfire mitigation staff, and proof of 25% payment.

Questions?  Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Note: Projects going through the land use process are not eligible for funding (ie. Developer-required mitigation work is ineligible for this program funding). These funds are intended for homeowners, HOAs, and communities seeking to reduce their exposure to hazardous conditions in the event of a wildland fire.  Douglas County will not be responsible for any damages incurred in the actual mitigation process, or any unsatisfactory outcomes that may result from contracted work.  Mitigation work is not guaranteed to prevent damage or loss in the event of a wildfire, only to increase the odds of home survivability.

If you have additional questions, please contact the County’s Wildfire Mitigation staff via email at [email protected]

Apply for the Wildfire Mitigation Cost-Share Program

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