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Firewise Plan For Josephine County

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Josephine County officials are seeking more money to help Grants Pass area residents keep wildfire from their homes.

Representatives from the Firewise organization came before Josephine County Commissioners on Tuesday morning, asking for the remaining $45,000 of a $97,000 “Firewise” grant. The first half of the money was authorized last year. Now, they’re looking for the rest of the money to complete their fuel reduction projects.

“We wanna continue the program. We want get it to its, its ending. It was originally a 2 year program. We’ve been through 9 months of the program now and we would like to continue it on. The full funding for the second year will get us through June of 2013,” said Firewise Coordinator Bob Schumacher

Firewise is focusing it’s attention on the Cathedral Hills area, south of Grants Pass, and the hills on the north side of town for education and fuels reduction projects.