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Wildfire Suppression and Mitigation

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allows expenditures on a broad range of governmental services, particularly for ARPA funds claimed under the Act’s revenue loss provisions, and through ARPA provisions that can fund additional local government staffing. Douglas County is evaluating the use of ARPA funds to address wildfire suppression and mitigation through two pilot programs.

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Helitack Team

Douglas County Office of Emergency Management proposes additional staffing devoted to the County’s Helitack Program. Douglas County is considering the application of ARPA funds for this purpose.

Expansion of the Wildfire Mitigation Defensible Space Program

The Douglas County Wildfire Initiative Staff proposes the use of ARPA funding for the expansion of the County’s wildfire mitigation defensible space program to include a chipping program for fuel reduction in the Wildland Urban Interface area.

 

Additional Information about Douglas County’s approach to wildfire suppression and mitigation can be found by visiting: