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CASA GRANDE — Pinal County has started a new initiative to bring fire hydrants to Hopi Hills, a neighborhood just north of Casa Grande Municipal Airport.

According to James Daniels, director of communications and marketing for Pinal County, the county is trying to qualify for a grant that requires 75% of the residents of the area to respond to a survey.

“The county would like to try to do a survey with residents in this area, to see if we can qualify for some possible grants and funds that we might be able to put in some fire hydrants for the community,” District 3 County Supervisor Steve Miller said in a county video.

The survey asks residents four questions. Originally, residents were asked to complete the survey by Oct. 25. According to Daniels, residents now have until Nov. 27 to complete the survey.

“Fire hydrants certainly are the first line of defense for any firefighting unit,” Miller said.

Since the location is outside of Casa Grande’s city limits, residents have to subscribe to a fire company that can potentially fight the fires for them.

“It is very important that we have fire hydrants where we can get adequate supplies of water on these fires when they do break out,” Miller said.

The survey asks residents about their income but the survey is confidential.

“We have to see what the incomes are, we are looking for medium to low income. If we meet the threshold that’s set by the guidelines of the grant funds, that will make this area eligible,” Miller said.

According to Daniels, the outcomes will likely be known by the end of November or the beginning of December.

County staff will begin knocking on doors of residents who have yet to complete the survey.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.