As part of the application and renewal process to become a recognized Firewise Community, communities hold an annual “Firewise Day”. Annual Firewise days are an opportunity for neighbors to work together on their Firewise goals, such as clearing brush and debris from common areas. They also may invite participation from the local fire and forestry community professionals, and many times Smokey Bear or the local fire truck will make a guest appearance.
On occasion, we see a very creative Firewise Day come along, and I thought I’d share one recent example on our blog. On March 26, the Wedgefield Firewise community will hold a “Wedgefield Firewise Annual Car Show” in Orlando, Florida. This is the 3rd annual car show organized by Wedgefield Firewise, a non-profit corporation. All proceeds from the car show go to providing educational programs to assist Florida residents in protecting their property against wildfires by landscaping, reduction of fuels and accessibility for emergency crews. This is a unique and effective way to increase visibility of the Wedgefield community’s Firewise efforts, and is a good reminder how fun this event can be.
Other creative Firewise Days activities have included: selling Firewise plants grown by local school groups, volunteering to clean up elderly neighbors’ yards, organizing a Firewise BBQ, inviting CERT to help perform Firewise assessments, conducting a Firewise open house and prescribed burn demonstration with local officials, holding a Firewise information day with educational exhibits, and hosting a Firewise speakers series over breakfast or dinner.
Please feel free to share other Firewise Day activities that your community has done!