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South Dakota city chosen for wildfire risk reduction program

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DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A western city near South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest is among eight communities chosen for a national wildfire risk reduction program next year.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program will help Deadwood create local planning measures to reduce the impact of wildfires. Across the U.S., wildfires are burning longer and causing more damage.

The program will create a team of consultants in Deadwood, including land use planners, foresters and risk mapping experts.

City Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Nelson Jr. says the program's services are provided at no cost, but the value is between $30,000 and $40,000.

Nelson says he's attending a training to kick off the program in Boulder, Colorado, in January.

Information from: Black Hills Pioneer, http://www.bhpioneer.com

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