This past Backyards and Beyond Conference in Salt Lake City, I had the good fortune to meet up with Cathi Kramer the Horseshoe Lake Firewise Coordinator from Alaska. It had been more than a year since I was last in her ‘neck of the woods’ celebrating her community's 5th year as a recognized Firewise Community.
After catching up with Cathi, I was happy to learn that her Firewise community in collaboration with the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Managment Department had created a very informative video on their 1996 Miller’s Reach Fire experience that resulted in them developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan and ultimately becoming a the first Firewise Communities/USA® site in Alaska in 2006. Hopefully, this very well produced video will inspire other communities in Alaska and beyond to consider the value of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan and maybe even pursue national Firewise Communities/USA recognition.
To learn more about the good things the Horseshoe Lake Firewise Community is doing please visit their website