Multiple agencies are working together to mitigate fire risk in southern Oregon. Early this month, the USDA awarded new partnership projects in Oregon to help mitigate climate change and protect natural resources while supporting America’s producers. The West Bear All-Lands Restoration Project, was one of 5 to receive funding. "Projects like this, help us do our job by the reducing the fuels to the wild land urban interface. Jacksonville is a little national historic town so we have a lot of wild land, urban interface in that area so this helps us immensely," said Wayne Painter, Jacksonville Fire Department, Fire Chief. Lomakatsi Restoration Project is the lead partner but multiple other agencies and investments from fundraising efforts have bolstered the action of wildfire mitigation in southern Oregon.