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Funds available to cut wildfire threat

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The West Region Wildfire Council is offering financial assistance to accomplish wildfire mitigation projects on private property within Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties. This wildfire mitigation program provides up to a 75 percent cost-share for eligible projects. Applications will be accepted through December 31 or until available funds have been expended.

The West Region Wildfire Council works to provide our communities and individual landowners with a better understanding of their wildfire risk and actively promotes risk reduction action. Representatives from the West Region Wildfire Council are available for home site visits with area residents to discuss specific wildfire risk reduction recommendations and help homeowners apply for cost-share funding.

Since 2011, the West Region Wildfire Council has worked with home-owners and landowners to design and implement projects that have reduced wildfire risk to homes and communities throughout the region. This ongoing program has provided over $445,000 in reimbursement funding to offset the costs of wildfire mitigation since its inception.

Residents who are interested in learning more about the program can visit (www.COwildfire.org/take-action/) or contact the West Region Wildfire Council (970-615-7300) for information.

The West Region Wildfire Council promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education throughout Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.

Further information about grant opportunities, Community Assessments, and wildfire mitigation resources are available on the WRWC website (www.COwildfire.org).

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