The Star Valley Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to spend a $50,000 grant from Gila County to begin a fire break 300 feet deep and nearly 6,000 feet long.
Firefighters from the Diamond Star Fire Department along with a reforesting contractor will begin the four-phase project.
Fire Chief Gary Hatch said he hopes to tap into Payson's clearing project.
If Diamond Star can join Payson, it can avoid the delay of accepting bids and lock into the same rate per acre negotiated by the town.
Otherwise, clearing could run as much as $1,200 an acre
"Most of this area has to be done by hand," Hatch said.
County Supervisor Shirley Dawson will present the $50,000 check at firehouse Monday at noon.
The council also voted to create a Planning and Zoning Committee. The committee, headed by Councilor Art Lloyd, including other councilors, residents and a general contractor, will begin discussing town codes and ordinances.
Until then, Star Valley will adopt the county's standards.
For complete coverage of Tuesday night's Star Valley Town Council meeting, see Friday's Payson Roundup.