Grant program offsets homeowner cost of wildfire fuel reduction |

Grant program offsets homeowner cost of wildfire fuel reduction

The Summit County WIldfire Council announced its 2013 Hazardous Fuel Reduction Grant Program. The program is available to Summit County landowners and homeowner groups for the purpose of offsetting the cost of wildfire fuel reduction efforts, such as tree removal projects. Homeowners who participate in the program will be eligible to have up to half the cost of their defensible space project reimbursed.

Defensible space is an area around a structure where fuels and vegetation are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire toward the structure. Defensible space also reduces the chance of a structure fire moving from the building to the surrounding forest and creates a safe zone for firefighters to carry out their work. Defensible space creation around homes and communities is one step people can take to reduce the impact of wildland fire.

In order to prevent the spread of noxious weeds, all Wildfire Council grant applicants must develop a weed-management plan with the assistance of the Summit County Weed Control Manager.

The 2013 Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program application period will run until April 26. Interested community members can download a grant application from Summit County’s Colorado State University Extension webpage at

For more information, contact Dan Schroder at (970) 668-4140.

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