The theme of the latest Firewise How To Newsletter is "When Fire Strikes Home". Quite a fitting theme for the dramatic wildfire season we experienced in the U.S. during 2011. http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0163009d1269970d-pi
What many might not realize about 2011, in the midst of all the disaster reporting and bad news, was that a record number of what we call "Firewise saves" were recorded this year. From Colorado to Virginia to Idaho to Texas, stories came to us from the media and from private residents. They told how wildfire mitigation and Firewise practices had kept their homes from igniting, or had made it possible for firefighters to defend their property.
One such success story highlighted on page 2 of the Winter How To took place in Shenandoah Farms, Virginia, a recognized Firewise Communities/USA site since 2006. A major fuel reduction project around homes in the area in spring of 2010 was credited with helping to stop a structure fire the following winter from spreading to the nearby homes and woods. Residents were well prepared for both defensive action and safe evacution.
Photo courtesy Gena Williams, Virginia Department of Forestry