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NFPA's Firewise program celebrates 10 years: Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Oct 27, 2011

Jim Shannon and Kathy Christensen

NFPA President Jim Shannon with Kathy Christensen of Salt Lake City, UT

Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah has the distinction of being one of nine pilot Firewise Communities/USA® sites who are celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

To recognize this effort, Michele Steinberg awarded Emigration Canyon with a special award at the 2011 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference.

Emigration Canyon approached fire mitigation with a housekeeping mindset, according to Firewise Kathy Christensen. She reminds people, “You have to do it again and again to maintain the upkeep around your home. The first time you do it, it’s a big job, but after that if you do a little every year, it’s not so hard.” The community also uses goats to develop fire breaks!

Learn more about Emigration Canyon’s Firewise efforts over the years.

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