As the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire campaign transitions from highlighting planning components into the “act” phase, we’re going to be sharing success stories, ideas for Firewise events/activities and explain how actions at the individual home and community level can help both residents and firefighters be safer during wildfires. Act related blogs will continue throughout the summer as part of the year-long theme.
Entering this new chapter is a great opportunity to introduce you to the small community of Aguila, AZ, with a population of approximately 800. The community recognized they have a wildfire risk and organized a clean-up day on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
The fire department has been working with residents to help clean around their homes, corrals and out-buildings and moving wood piles and wanted to be a little more aggressive in their outreach and help provide residents with additional assistance. Located in the desert they have a huge problem with brush and tumbleweeds. Area residents have been good about following the suggestions of the fire department and on May 2 they worked together and participated in national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The Aguila Volunteer Fire Department supplied the necessary tools, yard bags, and trucks to haul off waste materials and volunteered their time to implement this project. The fire department engaged the community and is looking ahead to the upcoming wildfire season knowing the community and residents are better prepared if a wildfire happens.
The community of Aguila was a recipient of a $500 project funding award sponsored by State Farm; the money was used for their May 2 project.