ASHLAND - Though it's cold outside, Ashland firefighters are trying to get hillside residents to consider wildfire prevention.

Ashland Fire & Rescue is providing up to $500 in county grant money to those living in wildfire zones who are doing work to create defensible space around their homes.

Residents can use the money to thin vegetation, landscape with native plants or upgrade their house to make it more fire-safe before fire season begins in June.

Wildfires this past summer burned one Ashland home and threatened dozens more.

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