Okanogan County Emergency Management and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are holding the next meeting about the National Fire Plan, which helps with fuels reduction and thinning in the county, later this month.
The main topics to be covered include selection of new areas for fuels reduction for which they will apply for funding, an update on grants received through Fire Management Assistance Grant and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and the status of projects funded by these grants in Okanogan County in previous years.
The National Fire Plan was developed by federal land-management agencies in 2000 after a serious wildland fire season. The plan is designed to improve response to severe wildland fires and to reduce their effects on communities. The plan addresses five key areas: firefighting, rehabilitation, hazardous fuels reduction, community assistance and accountability.
The plan provides technical and financial guidance and support for wildland fire management across the country.
The meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office conference room.