Derek Dowsett is the Producer of the County Seat. Now entering his 11th season of the program, he has received what he considers a "Crash Course" in County Government.

The state of Utah is working on a new program to help local governments pay for suppression of wild fires. In the past Counties and Cities could be on the hook for millions of dollars for the costs of fighting fires on public lands.

State and local governments are working on a new policy where the state would pick up the suppression costs if local governments take part in mitigation projects that will eventually decrease the fire risks. The logic being that fighting fires before they break out will lead to a cost savings across the board because mitigation is about 10x cheaper than suppression. – Fire Policy Changes Explainer Video.

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