Aug 05, 2022

Reno Co. Commission to discuss fire mitigation grant

Posted Aug 05, 2022 10:21 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Commissioners will look over a grant proposal they hope can be used in wildfire mitigation during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

In May, commissioners approved Reno County Emergency Management to submit a letter of intent to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) for wildfire mitigation funding.  The letter of intent was required before the total funding amount was known or the application period was open. The county now has an opportunity to receive more than $1.3 million worth of grant funding with the county’s share adding another $323,000 for a total of over $1.6 million.

The money would be used to mitigate the wildfire danger in and around the most populated high risk areas around Reno County. 

The county has been looking for ways to lessen the wildfire danger especially north and east of Hutchinson where several fires caused considerable damage including the March 5th Cottonwood Complex fire that claimed one life, destroyed 35 homes and a number of outbuildings.

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