Firewise May Fall Victim To Funding Cut

By Jim McCoy Mon 14th May NewsFirewise program

A victim of the impending cutoff of federal subsidies to Oregon timber counties could be aid for rural homeowners to protect their houses against forest
fires.
     The Register-Guard reports the money pays for providing advice to homeowners. It also pays for removing brush and trees to create what firefighters call a "defensible space" around a house and for replacing roofs made of wood shakes with fireproof material.
     Lane County, as one example, is spending $1.2 million on the Firewise program this year. Officials say the tentative plan for the next budget calls
for phasing out the program by spending $400,000 left over from
previous years.
     Congress is considering an extension of the timber county
payments. It's not clear whether that will succeed or how much
money would be available.

‚ÄčAssociated Press

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