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Wed, July 08

Fire plan meeting tomorrow<br>

The committee that developed the plan was assembled last spring in accordance with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003. Under that legislation, communities that develop a plan that assesses local risks and lays out fire protection priorities are eligible for grants to help accomplish their goals.

It also provides incentives for federal agencies to consider local priorities when developing forest management and fuels reduction projects in the wildland-urban interface – the zone where development meets with undeveloped land.

Those on the committee include resident Clarinda Vail, Tusayan Fire Chief Robbie Evans, Tusayan Fire Department dispatcher Lori Pittsinger, Barry Baker of the Grand Canyon-Tusayan Sanitary District and Brent Kok, manager of the IMAX Theater. Cooperating federal agencies include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Coconino County and the Arizona State Land Department.

Representing the Forest Service are Rick Stahn and Bob Blais. Park Service representatives include Fire Manager Jim Kitchen and GCNP Fuels Specialist Chris Mark.“This will open up some grant money and also lays out some guidelines for what the priorities are for protecting the community,” said Vail. “It will determine where resources will go and lay out priority zones.”

Once the document is released tomorrow evening, residents will have 30 days to comment.

After the plan is finalized, it must be approved and signed by the Tusayan Fire Department, State Forester, Arizona State Land Department and County Board of Supervisors.

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