EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A victim of the impending cutoff of federal subsidies to Oregon timber counties could be aid for rural homeowners in Lane County to protect their houses against forest fires.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/JAfwK5) the money pays for providing advice to homeowners. It also pays for removing brush and trees to create what firefighters call a “defensible space” around a house and for replacing roofs made of wood shakes with fireproof material.
The county is spending $1.2 million on the Firewise program this year. Officials say the tentative plan for the next budget calls for phasing out the program by spending $400,000 left over from previous years.
Congress is considering an extension of the timber county payments. It’s not clear whether that will succeed or how much money would be available.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com