Grants for Homeowners

Cook County Firewise can assist in helping sponsor brush pick-up days throughout the community focusing on conifer fuels reduction and brush removal.

Primary focus should be placed within the 30 foot home ignition zone around structures. This will help reduce hazardous fuels and create defensible space around structures in the event of a wildfire. A few examples include: removing balsam fir trees and brush located in this zone, as well as any tree branches located within 10 feet of roofs or within six feet of the ground.

Don’t forget, vegetation adjacent to driveways should be removed to allow a 12-foot wide and 14-foot high clearance for emergency vehicles to access structures. In an emergency, if an ambulance or fire truck can’t get into your property it makes response difficult or impossible – seconds matter and access is critical.

If the 30 foot home ignition zone is in good shape, coniferous trees and brush are encouraged to be reduced/thinned within 200 feet of structures.

Brush Specifications

Size limitations on the brush material are 6 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length.

Please keep track of how many hours you work and submit those hours via email. These hours make it possible for Cook County Firewise to obtain grant funding for projects.

In-kind match volunteer hours tracking form: PDF or Excel

To request a free Firewise assessment of your property contact: firewise@co.cook.mn.us