Grants for Homeowners

Gunflint Trail Fire District Brush Pick-ups.

Cook County Firewise in conjunction with the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department (GTVFD) is sponsoring several brush disposal days throughout the Gunflint Fire District focusing on conifer fuels reduction and brush removal. Property owners are encouraged to remove balsam fir, brush, and branches located within10 feet of roofs or within six feet of the ground.

Primary focus should be placed within the 30 foot home ignition zone around structures, but vegetation is encouraged to be reduced/thinned within 200 feet of structures.This will help reduce hazardous fuels and create defensible space around structures in the event of a wildfire. Vegetation adjacent to driveways should also be removed to allow a 12-foot wide and 14-foot high clearance for emergency vehicles to access structures. In an emergency, if an ambulance or fire truck can’t get into your property it makes response difficult or impossible – seconds matter and access is critical.

Brush Specifications

Size limitations on the brush material are 6 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length.


There is a nominal $10 fee to participate. If you wish to participate, make checks payable to Cook County Firewise and send to:

Cook County Firewise

411 W 2nd St

Grand Marais, MN 55604.

 Include your Name, property address, email and phone number. This information can also be emailed to: Cook County Firewise Coordinator at; however, the $10 payment must still be sent to the address listed above.

Property owners should pile the materials at the end of their driveway in one large pile. Cook County Firewise will hire a contractor to pick up the material and haul it to the nearest Firewise Brush Disposal Site. Please keep track of how many hours you work and submit those hours via email. These hours make it possible for Cook County Firewise to obtain grant funding for projects.


In-kind match volunteer hours tracking form: PDF or Excel

To request a free Firewise assessment of your property contact: