Topanga Firesafe Council Receives $1,500 Grant

The check was presented to Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate, Co-Presidents of the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council during a meeting of the Santa Monica Monica Mountains Fire Safe Alliance.

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), which partners with Association of California Insurance Companies (ACIC) and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) has awarded a $1,500 grant to the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC).

The grant check was presented to Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate, co-presidents of NTCFSC to help homeowners and businesses stay fire prevention- ready during 2017.

We plan on using these funds for our education and Home Ignition Zone Evaluation programs while we don’t have access to grant funds,” Burnam said.

CFSC grant specialists and ACIC chose NTCFSC because of its commitment and dedication to wildfire preparedness in its community. Jerry Davies, Chairman, J Lopez, Vice Chairman, and Troy Whitman, Secretary of the CFSC Board, presented the check to Beth Burnam and Ryan Ulyate, Co-Presidents of the North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council.

“We congratulate this organization because Beth and Ryan do a tremendous job in Topanga Canyon and the surrounding area to help residents stay prepared for wildfire,” noted CFSC Chairman Jerry Davies.

“We take great pride in working with fire protection groups like NTCFSC on consumer education efforts to help communities prepare for natural disasters,” said Mark Sektnan, ACIC President.

Since its formation in 1993, CFSC has united Californians to speak with one voice about fire safety. Their mission is to mobilize Californians to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires.

ACIC represents 391 property/casualty insurance companies doing business in California. PCI is composed of nearly 1,000 member companies across the country. ACIC/PCI provides tips and resources to help homeowners and renters prepare financially for natural catastrophes. While having a plan in place is crucial for any emergency, it is equally important to have a financial plan which includes insurance, the safety net that helps families recover after a catastrophe. 

Consumers can learn more about wildfire and financial preparedness by visiting the California Fire Safe Council Website: and the ACIC/PCI Website at


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