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Burned trees in the North Hills Fire burn scar.

Burned trees in the North Hills fire burn scar.

The Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will host two public meetings to address Lewis and Clark County's application for a FEMA grant that would make funds available to residents in the North Hills for repair, remediation and prevention of fire-related hazards and damages, including flood related damages caused by the North Hills fire.

Officials encourage all residents within the North Hills to attend and learn more about FEMA's After the Fire Grant. As a result of the North Hills fire, residents are eligible for approximately $450,000 in grant money for wildfire mitigation including defensible space around homes, fuel hazard thinning, ignition resistant building material and flood and erosion control measures for roads.

The grant money covers 75% of the cost of the projects with a 25% match coming from homeowners in cash or sweat equity by helping with the work.

Applications, due by Dec. 31, are available at www.trilakesvfd.com on the After the Fire Grant page.

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The first meeting will be held at Tri-Lakes Station 2 on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5290 York Road.

The second meeting will be held at Tri-Lakes Station 3 on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3200 Spokane Creek Road.

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