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Wildland Interface Hazard Area; programs to help prevent fires

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Tree debris isn't just a nuisance, it could become dangerous in August when it dries out.

For those in the Primary Wildland Interface Hazard Area, there are programs in place to clear out fire hazards. Lieutenant Tim Weaver says 'The Survivable Space Initiative' uses fire mitigation to create safe places for homeowners.

People in the Hazard Interface Area can access a crew to fire mitigate and clean up storm damage by calling the fire department. Crews will come assess the situation and grant money is used to fund nearly all or part the project.

People unsure whether they're in the Primary Wildland Interface Hazard Area can check here: http://www.rcgov.org/image/Fire/WildlandUrbanAreasRC2.jpg The parts in red are in the area. 

Weaver says cleaning up these areas are necessary to protect the area. The whole purpose of the wildfire mitigation project is to reduce the amount of fuel and the down dead debris on your property, said Weaver. "Well when you have a storm like this, and it creates a massive amount of that stuff, then it's more important than ever to get it cleaned up and to get in mitigated."

Additionally, Weaver says the fire department is monitoring the internal temperatures of the tree debris piles at drop off sites to prevent combustion. Piles that do pose threats are being broken into smaller piles.

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