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Bring back the wood chipper

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Last Monday, I learned at our meeting of the Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council that the county chipper program has shut down due to a lack of grant funding. October has traditionally been the most dangerous month of the annual fire season. The county chipper program has been a valuable fire prevention tool and vital public safety program. It provides incentives for homeowners to remove brush and wood fuel from their property. I urge our county supervisors to act with urgency to find the necessary general fund money to keep the chipper program and thereby help homeowners protect their families and property. Kevin Hanley, chairman, Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council