The 55+ community of Horizons at Barnegat is surrounded by “The Pine Barrens,” a vast expanse of pine trees spanning almost 1.1 million acres. Living in such close proximity to the massive forest, residents are always concerned about the dangers of wildfire, especially after a massive fire in 2007 burned 17,000 acres of woodland near Horizons. After the blaze, residents decided to take action by becoming a recognized Firewise community in 2008. Since then, Horizons has made substantial advances in preventing another wildfire from occurring, engaging in various mitigation and advocacy efforts. Due to their continuous hard work, Horizons at Barnegat became 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 discover more about the Horizons at Barnegat community became a winner of the Firewise Challenge, read their full story here!