Congratulations to the Greater Eastern Jemez WUI Corridor in Jemez, New Mexico for being one of nine pilot Firewise Communities/USA® sites who are now celebrating 10 years of commitment. All nine of these pilot sites are being honored at the 2011 Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference with an award presented by Michele Steinberg and NFPA President Jim Shannon.
Greater Eastern Jemez is comprised of six distinct communities within the Santa Fe National Forest and Sandoval County boundaries. A representative from each community makes up a Firewise Board in charge of keeping the efforts alive. The community was recently tested by the Las Conchas Fire in June, bringing back terrible memories from the Los Alamos Fire a decade ago, but hard work averted a wildfire disaster this time.