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Tennessee forestry offers help with wildland fire protection

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry is administering grants to help communities protect their homes from wildland fires.
The federal grants offer up to $20,000 for communities to implement wildfire hazard mitigation, prevention, and community education projects, according to a news release. Applicants must develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
In 2019, 16 communities received Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants totaling $110,000. These communities worked to minimize the need for extensive protection actions and to safely accept wildland fires as part of the surrounding landscape.
Applications for the 2020 grants will be accepted through Sept. 4.