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Grand County Wildfire Council to receive $10,000 grant from Northern Water

Lance Maggart lmaggart@skyhinews.com

Grand County is getting a little assistance this year in the efforts to keep the dangers of wildfires at bay.

On Friday Feb. 24 officials from the Grand County Wildfire Council announced they will receive a $10,000 grant from the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District to apply to wildfire mitigation and fuel reduction projects in and around critical watersheds in Grand County.

"Many subdivisions and property owners in the county have made some real progress in recent years toward protecting themselves and their neighbors from the effects of wildfire," stated Wildfire Council Mitigation Subcommittee Chairperson Brad White. "It is great to see neighbors like Northern Water step up and partner with the community, provide assistance, and contribute to an effort that will benefit everyone in the long term."

The Mitigation Subcommittee Chaired by White works with the Colorado State Forest Service to manage a Fuels Reduction Cost Share Program for Grand County. According to Wildfire Council officials the grant funding from Northern Water will be used to, "supplement and complement the Colorado State Forest Service's contribution to the Cost Share Program, thus allowing the Council to continue funding priority projects in Grand County through 2017."

Officials stated priority projects include but are not limited to, "areas considered high and moderate 'zones-of-concern' for Colorado Big-Thompson and Windy Gap project watersheds."

Northern Water's Project Manager Jerry Gibbens stated, "We look forward to working with the Grand County Wildfire Council to reduce fire risk in Grand County and Colorado-Big Thompson Windy Gap project watersheds."

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The Grand County Wildfire Council is a locally based non-profit organization that focuses educational outreach regarding the dangers of wildfires.

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