From 2014 to 2016, we had a grant to reduce the fuel load in the canyons that are part of Carmel Views. The grant was funded by the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, and it was managed by the California Fire Safe Council. We also had two smaller grants from the Cypress Fire Protection District to deal with dead trees and flammable growth in common areas owned by the Association. We used the grants to masticate, chip, or remove as much vegetation as possible with the funds available. The grants allowed us to cut down about 70 dead trees, and, where feasible, construct fuel breaks below homes throughout Carmel Views. All of these grants ended on June 30, 2016.
In 2016, we applied for another grant from the California Fire Safe Council and the U.S. Forest Service to continue fire abatement work in the canyons. They initially accepted our application, but later canceled the grant. We also submitted a grant application to the Cypress Fire Protection District to deal with the unprecedented number of dead trees in Carmel Views. They accepted our application and gave us a grant for $50,000. We used this grant to remove dead trees and construct fuel breaks in the common areas. This grant ended on June 30, 2018.
In 2018, we applied again for a grant from the California Fire Safe Council and the U.S. Forest Service. They accepted our application and gave us a two-year grant for $49,975 to continue removing dead trees and invasive plants. This grant ended on June 30, 2021.
In 2022, we applied for another grant from the Cypress Fire Protection District to create fuel breaks on private properties in Carmel Views that border the Mormon property to our east and Hatton Canyon State Park to our west. They accepted our application and gave us a grant of $20,000. This project will be done in 2022 and 2023.
In addition to fire abatement work funded by the grants, we trim grasses and weeds along the roadsides and in the common areas using our own funds. We also use our own funds to supplement the work done with the grants. Your voluntary contributions to the fire fund make that possible. Thank you for your support.
FIRE ABATEMENT WORK LOGS
Some of our grants required us to match the money that they gave us with an equivalent amount of work that we did to reduce the risk of fire on our own properties. If we apply for grants in the future, they are likely to have the same requirement. Also, having a record of fire abatement work that we pay for will improve our chances of getting another grant.
Please keep a log of any work that you or your contractors do to improve the fire safety of your property. The log should show the number of hours that you worked on your property or the amount that you paid a contractor, and the date that the work occurred. Please save any receipts from your contractors and submit them with your work log. The funding agencies will release money to us based on the work logs that we give them. When we have a grant that requires work logs, please submit them quarterly at the end of March, June, September, and December.
There are two versions of the work log. The first is an Acrobat document.
Fire Abatement Work Log (pdf)
You can print it, fill it out, and sign it. Then either mail it to CVCA, P.O. Box 22052, Carmel, California 93922 or scan the signed document and email it to email@example.com.
The second version of the work log is a Word document. The following link will download the document onto your computer.
Fire Abatement Work Log (doc)
You can fill this version out on your computer, and then print it and sign it. Then send the signed copy to CVCA by mail or email.