The Texas governor’s office awarded Bastrop County a $1.6 million short-term grant, money that officials will use to secure additional funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for wildfire recovery projects.
“This money gives us the the green light to continue with FEMA-related projects such as getting rid of a lot of the growth under pines and oaks that helped fuel the 2011 wildfires,” said Mike Fisher, the county’s emergency management coordinator. “That project to mitigate about 4,000 acres will cost $4 million. FEMA’s share is $3 million, and our $1 million match will come from this new grant.”
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