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Firewise May Fall Victim To Funding Cut
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
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
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.