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Empire Mine Fire Safe Project Delayed

The federal government shutdown is having an indirect effect on a fire safe project at Empire Mine State Park. Sierra District Forester Rich Adams says they are ready to start work on clearing about 80 acres of land, which borders private property…

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But they are waiting for some equipment that is currently assigned to a federal project in Arizona. Adams says the woman who operates that equipment has gotten mixed orders…

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Adams says he doesn’t know how long the delay will be, but hopes it won’t be more than a couple of weeks. The Empire Mine Fuel Reduction Project is state funded, through Proposition 84, which voters approved in 2006. The low bid for the project was 65-thousand dollars.

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