Rimrock West receives grant funding to help reduce wildfire risk

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Mar 13, 2012
For Rimrock West Blog
The residents of Rimrock West in Oregon have known for a while that they were at a high risk for wildfire, yet they lacked the technical expertise that would be required to help fix their situation. So, they turned to their local, state and federal fire agencies for help. As a result, Oregon’s Department of Forestry conducted a fire safety assessment of every single property within Rimrock West.

“Ninety-one percent of Rimrock West properties now meet Firewise standards,” said the president of Rimrock Homeowner’s Association, Stephen Clark. “By any standard, this collaborative effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry, Bend Fire and Rescue BLM and our homeowners has been hugely successful.”

How were they able to do this? Rimrock West residents applied for their Firewise Community status and received a National Fire Plan $5,000 matching grant. The Homeowner’s Association will receive the grant at its annual meeting in March as well as recognition from the national Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program.

Want to learn more? Visit our Success Story page on our website to read the full story on Rimrock West, and the steps they took to become a recognized Firewise community.

For more information about Firewise and our Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program visit our website. Have a success story to share? Send us your information and be the next community we highlight!