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Rogue Valley fire prevention group gets national award

 Posted: 12:05 PM February 24, 2014

A Southern Oregon fire prevention group has received national recognition for its efforts to prevent the spread of wildfires into urban areas.

The Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative received the runner-up prize in the 2013 Firewise Challenge contest. It will receive a $900 check to purchase tools and materials like chainsaw chaps and work gloves, which which will be loaned to communities performing wildfire mitigation work.

The co-op is an interagency, nonprofit group that encompasses the Applegate Valley, Seven Basins area, Greensprings and a portion of suburban Ashland designated as a wildfire hazard zone. It helps property owners plan and complete projects that would help keep wildfires from spreading into populated areas.

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— Ryan Pfeil

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