Sonoma County wildfire prevention programs will receive $3.8 million in grants recently approved by the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.

Of that total, $3.3 million will be applied to 18 grant projects designed to prevent wildfire throughout the county, funded by a portion of a settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric. These projects include treating 2,000 acres of land with shaded fuel-breaks, increasing grazing and creating calming zones, all of which are intended to slow or prevent the spread of wildfire in the community.

The remaining $500,000 is earmarked for a new technical advisory program to assist applicants with smaller projects, costing between $5,000 and $50,000, with the grant application process.

“The county continues to make huge strides in our work to lower the risk of wildfire in our communities,” said District 4 Supervisor James Gore, who chairs the agriculture board. “We have a long way to go, but programs like these are instrumental in achieving our vegetation management goals.”

The public can visit the district online for more information about the grant program. Vegetation Management Coordinator Kim Batchelder is also available by email to answer specific questions.