The Deer Springs Fire Safe Council (DSFSC) has successfully applied for and received the following grants to increase fire safety in the Deer Springs Fire Protection District:
1. Moosa Canyon Fuel Reduction: Phase I – This project was funded by the US Forest Service in 2009 for $89,000 with matching funds of $60,739 from the DSFSC and Deer Springs Fire Protection District and was completed in August 2010. Using this grant, the DSFSC abated over 53 acres of dead, dying, diseased, and invasive vegetation along the rim of Moosa Canyon.
2. Moosa Canyon Fuel Reduction: Phase II – This project funded by a grant from the US Forest Service in 2010 for $80,000 with matching funds of $13,500 from the Deer Springs Fire Protection District and $6,000 from the DSFSC continues to abated dead, dying, diseased, and invasive vegetation from the southeast areas of Moosa Canyon.
3. Deer Springs Community Fuel Reduction – For 2011, the US Bureau of Land Management has awarded $98,505 with $26,800 in matching funds from the DSFSC and $5,700 from L&M Power Equipment for the purchase of a chipper and other allied equipment to be used to treat vegetation harvested by private landowners throughout the Deer Springs District.
4. Preparing for the Next Fire: A Comprehensive Plan – The $24,900 funding for this project was provided by The San Diego Foundation, After the Fires Fund 2007, through the Escondido Foundation, along with matching funds of $14,100 from the DSFSC and other grants. The results of this project will be a comprehensive plan assessing the wildfire threat for the Deer Springs Fire District that will provide both a strategic assessment which will be very useful in garnering additional funds for mitigation efforts and a tactical plan that could be used by our firefighters and for evacuation planning .