This project is part of a pilot program being launched by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CAL FIRE in order to increase public safety by creating a community hardening approach to wildfire. Project work will consist of home hardening construction retrofits and manual/mechanical defensible space fuels reduction treatments on up to 500 residential properties. Work will occur on forested properties in the pre-selected communities of Whitmore, Oak Run, and Lakehead in Shasta County. Home hardening retrofits will upgrade vulnerable home components like vents, windows, skirting, etc. to Chapter 7A compliant materials to meet minimum quality standards for homes located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Defensible space work will include, but is not limited to: ladder fuel reduction, brush removal, hazard tree removal, fine fuels removal, leaf litter clean up, removal of all landscaping and vegetation within 0-5’ of participating homes. Treatments will be implemented by use of qualified construction and defensible space contractors using handheld equipment or machinery like chainsaws, chippers, masticators, and large tree removal equipment when necessary. The project aims to benefit mostly low-income, socially vulnerable rural property owners living in the WUI and very high fire hazard severity zones.