County receives $180,000 grant

Commissioners will use money to develop wildfire plan

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Moffat County received a $180,000 grant Friday for fire mitigation planning.

The county plans to use the grant to continue work on the latest phase of its fire plan, which entails drafting community oriented plans to mitigate wildfire risk.

"Depending on the areas, we can get a considerable amount of the county done," Commissoner Marianna Raftopoulos said Monday.

Currently, Resourcelogic, a Craig land and wildlife management consulting firm, is developing fire mitigation plans for the communities of Greystone, Wilderness Ranch, Knez Divide and Bakers Peak, at a cost of $34,700.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"We recognize the importance of the Fire Acts Grant to our nation's fire departments and will continue to work closely with the fire service community to meet their needs, Suzanne Mencer, director of the Office for Domestic Preparedness, said in a statement.

During the next several months, the Department of Homeland Security plans to distribute 8,000 awards worth nearly $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters.

The grant will be managed by the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, the department charged with fighting fire in the unincorporated parts of Moffat County.

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