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The webinar and presentation will showcase the role nonprofits play in regional wildfire mitigation, and the evolution of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCCFSC) from a grassroots nonprofit to a leader in hazardous fuels reduction (HFR) and technology implementation. With its 501 (c)3 status granted in 2002, SCCFSC’s path was typical: people in their community concerned about local wildfire risk. Started as an all-volunteer organization, over time, SCCFSC hired experts in wildfire—former CAL FIRE and local fire agency personnel with expertise in wildfire firefighting, fuels management, fire behavior and agency leadership. In recent years, SCCFSC leadership has leveraged those skills to win some of the largest HFR grants and contracts in California, expand collaboration with various organizations and introduce new programs to include evaluating, implementing, and scaling wildfire technology solutions. SCCFSC is now a value-added reseller (VAR) for a variety of machine learning and artificial intelligence-based solutions for early wildfire detection throughout several regional counties. This evolution is essential to deepen impact for stakeholders and provide new, sustainable revenue streams that also facilitate early adoption of technology to reduce regional wildfire risk.