he Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management awards nearly $1.1 million dollars to multiple entities across the state to help with project work in some of Arizona’s at-risk communities.

Recently, State Forestry awarded seven agencies, including Apache County, the City of Flagstaff, Fry Fire District, Mt. Lemmon Fire District, Navajo County, Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission and the Prescott Fire Department with grant money to help clear hazardous fuels within those respective areas.

In all, nearly 750 acres of land will be cleared of hazardous vegetation with the overall project goals of reducing wildfire risk, providing for safer communities, and assisting with the regrowth and regeneration of fuels on state and private lands.

Some of the projects include, treating 200 acres of private land near Vernon, reducing diseased and dry vegetation on 131 acres of private land from Heber-Overgaard to Pinetop, and treating several parcels of land near the Summerhaven community on Mt. Lemmon.

DFFM was able to provide the funding through the department’s Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels grants, in conjunction with initial funding to the state provided by the U.S. Forest Service.

Twenty-one applicants requested grant assistance this year. Grants are awarded based on the need and risk of the area, with priority given to projects planned in high risk areas on state and private lands.

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