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County Doesn't Want to Pay for Clean Up of Cascade Fire

County Doesn't Want to Pay for Clean Up of Cascade Fire

Posted - Oct. 21, 2003 at 7:32 a.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- It took almost two (m) million dollars to fight the Cascade Two fire. Now it'll take another million to it clean up.

The prescribed burn started by U-S Forest officials got out of control and scorched almost eight-thousand acres in the Cascade Springs area of the Uinta National Forest last month.

Federal funds will foot most of the clean-up bill which includes a plan to re-seed the area, but Wasatch County is responsible for a fourth of it. That's about 300-thousand dollars.

Wasatch County officials say they only have an annual budget of 10 (m) million dollars. And that's a big expense for a fire they didn't start.

Utah officials are lobbying for full federal funding. But it would have to come soon.

Reseeding has to be completed before snowfall.

Meantime, the public gets to weigh in today on that fire. A review of what caused it to get out of control is underway.

A team of Forest Service experts will determine if officials followed procedures when they started the controlled burn.

The public hearing is tonight at 7 pm at the Provo Marriott. A similar town meeting is planned for the Heber City Senior Center Wednesday night at 7.

( The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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