!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd370ede970b-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd370ede970b-800wi|alt=Bay_tree_1|width=343|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Bay_tree_1|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01a3fd370ede970b img-responsive|height=266!Is anyone from North Carolina? Because this week’s Firewise ‘State of the Week’ post is all about the “Old North State”! First up, we have the Bay Tree Lakes Community.
Sandwiched between two deep blue lakes and thick foliage, the Bay Tree Lakes Community lies in Bladen County. With fishing, wakeboarding, jet skiing or even just enjoying the gorgeous scenery, there is always something fun, new and exciting to do.
But this popular tourist destination is highly susceptible to large wildfires. The heavy concentrations of peat in the soil and deep layers of decaying pinestraw and trees tend to burn several feet into the ground and can burn for weeks. This makes control efforts dangerous for firefighters.
The community felt that they needed to do something. So the Bladen County staff of the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources (NCDFR) and District Firewise Coordinator Michael Hardison, created a hazard assessment document. The document highlighted every problem area that was a fire threat. To tackle these problem areas, the community property owners association formed a Firewise Task Force, who then drew up a hazard mitigation plan that listed steps homeowners could take to reduce their wildfire threat.
Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on how they went about making their community a safer place. Visit our Success Stories page where you can read the full story about Bay Tree Lakes!
The good folks over at North Carolina really do seem to be fire safety conscious. They have a whopping EIGHT other communities who are also featured on our success stories page! They really are the state of the week. Show your support and read their stories!