Surrounded by the steep expanses of the western Klamath Mountains lies the community of Orleans, CA, a region rich with biodiversity. Despite recently joining the ranks of Firewise communities in 2011, Orleans has been working tirelessly since 2001 to defend the area from wildfires. Teaming up with the local volunteer fire department along with the Karuk Tribe, a Native American tribe that has lived in the area for thousands of years, the Orleans community has taken strong actions against wildfire that has ultimately protected the entire area. Due to their dedicated efforts, Orleans was recently announced as one of five winners of the 2013 Firewise Challenge, earning $5,000 to put towards future Firewise efforts thanks to the generous support of State Farm, NFPA’s partner in the Firewise Challenge.
To find out more about how the Orleans community became a winner of the Firewise Challenge, read their full story here!