In the Firewise Spotlight: Ryderwood, Washington

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Nov 8, 2011

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The town of Ryderwood in Washington may be a small retirement community, but its residents are out to prove that older adults can be Firewise, too.

The newly designated Firewise community kicked off their Firewise Week on Oct. 1 as volunteers went home-to-home clearing brush, trimming bushes and hauling debris to designated areas for pick-up.  The work was done in preparation for the town’s Fall Chipper Day on Oct. 6, where a chipper went around picking up excess brush and wood debris.

Ryderwood resident Gayle Ehlman noted that the clean-up day was a success as it increased awareness of wildfire mitigation and helped residents who were not physically able to trim bushes or rake property.  “[Before Firewise,] we didn’t see the problems,” Gayle writes.  “Now we do, and can take action to remove them.”

Find out more about the Firewise Community of Ryderwood and their partnership with Habitat for Humanity which allows for the continued success of both groups