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City gets firefighting agreement with BLM

The federal Bureau of Land Management, which has an agreement to operate on United States Bureau of Reclamation land, has entered into an agreement with the city of Grand Coulee.

The agreement allows Grand Coulee firefighters to take care of fires on land the BLM is responsible for, and the city can in turn bill the BLM, as well as use resources from them, such as fire-fighting aircraft.

“It’s a one-way deal,” said Grand Coulee Fire Chief Rick Paris, referring to the city benefitting from the partnership, but not losing anything from it.

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