County Parks District Receives Almost $2 Million for Wildfire Mitigation

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JURUPA VALLEY - Nearly $2 million in grant funds were awarded to the Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District in an attempt to reduce wildfire risks in the areas under agency management, the district announced today. Cal Fire provided the $1.9 million under its Fire Prevention Grants Program, according to Marlene Merrill, a district spokeswoman. The program focuses on mitigating wildfire potential on forested lands, particularly those adjacent to inhabited areas. Roughly 1,200 acres of space is maintained by the district. "The award will be put to work reducing flash fuels, creating and improving defensible space around structures and along roadways, removing and thinning dead or dying trees, and conducting vegetation management,'' Merrill said."Removal of these fuel
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