GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)–Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded the city of Grand Junction with a grant worth more than $184,000 for fire mitigation as part of the Colorado Strategic Action Program, or COSWAP. This is the second time Grand Junction has received a grant from COSWAP.

The first grant focused on areas like Connected Lakes State Park, Letha Jean Wildlife Area, Walter Walker Wildlife Area, and Indian Wash. This time the focus is on the Gunnison and Colorado River corridors, and bridging the gaps between areas already mitigated–creating a “continuous string of mitigation,” or fire break.

Grand Junction Fire Department, along with it’s partners in the Two Rivers Coalition to create a break that will protect homes, businesses and other infrastructure within Grand Junction city limits. Mitigation work will tentatively start in October, after an endangered bird living in the area migrates south for the winter.