More than $1 million in grant money is going to Central Oregon fire agencies, with a goal of improving wildfire resiliency in their communities.
The money comes from the Community Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant through the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
It’s a competitive grant that helps communities improve wildfire resiliency
One of those benefiting is Deschutes Rural Fire District No. 2. They are using this money for a project in Deschutes River Woods.
“Receiving this funding will mean that we can ensure those response times stay the same,” said Deschutes Rural Fire District No. 2 fire inspector Melissa Steele.
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All projects receiving this funding include wildfire defensible space programs, vegetation removal, community chipping programs and education.
Agencies in Central Oregon receiving money include:
- Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council — $250,000
- City of Sisters — $72,000
- Crooked River Ranch Lions Club — $82,431
- Deschutes County — $500,000.00
- Deschutes River Woods Neighborhood Association — $156,300.00
- Deschutes Rural Fire District #2 — $280,679.00