This brand new Firewise Community was devastated by a terrible tornado on April 27, 2011. Concerned citizens from this community collaborated with their local fire district, Jefferson County government officials and the Alabama Forestry Commission to reduce the risk of fire caused by the downed trees and other debris inside and outside the community that contributed to an increased fire risk. According to a story submitted to Firewise by the community their overall goal was, “to prevent and limit the spread of wildfire in this community and to keep the citizens of North Smithfield Manor Greenleaf Heights Community safe.”
On Saturday October 14, 2014, 150 residents celebrated their first Firewise Day. The fire district, Jefferson County and the Alabama Forestry Commission provided free educational materials, contact information and guidance to the residents of this community on how to create wildfire defensible space around their properties as well as how to revitalize the community to a healthy natural state by replanting native trees that were lost to this devastating storm.
On November 11, 2014, the community in collaboration with the Jefferson County Storm Water Association, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Alabama Forestry Commission planted 176 native trees including a 4 foot tall native oak tree. The local fire district has assumed short term responsibility for watering and maintaining the trees until they are established. This resilient community knows how to be Firewise and restore a healthy urban forest. This amazing event was covered by three local television stations. If you are interested in learning more about community sucess stories visit the Firewise website.
The top picture is from the State of Alabama Forestry Comission website and the two community pictures were submitted by the North Smithfield Manor Greenleaf Heights Firewise Community.