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JOHN DAY — The Grant County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded nearly $10 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help lower wildfire risk in the region.

The $9.9 million USDA grant will support the Grant County Evacuation Corridor and Fuels Management Project, an effort to reduce fuel loads along 308 miles of roads in the county that serve as evacuation routes for residents in the event of a wildfire.

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