You might not think of Maine when you think of states with a wildfire risk, but Maine has a long history of wildfires, including the Great Fires of 1947. This massive wildfire complex caused devastation to more than 200,000 acres statewide.
As part of our Firewise success story series, check out stories from two Maine communities who worked to help residents understand and mitigate their wildfire risk. Learn more about Firewise at www.firewise.org/usa.
Indian Point at Georgetown, ME
Firewise Day in Indian Point featured a trifold display by Forest Ranger Kent Nelson. Residents and members of the Georgetown Fire Department attended the event and made plans for a brush chipping day on August 21st. The brush chipping day was very successful and over 23 piles of brush and slash were chipped around houses and along roadsides. Individual Firewise discussions were held with homeowners during the day. The community tells us that they enjoy working with the Firewise program.
Sprucewold at Lincoln, ME
Firewise Day at the Sprucewold community featured a demonstration of the Simtable fire simulator. Residents looked at various scenarios by which wildfires might spread and threaten the community. The exercise increased public awareness of the wildfire threat, existing hazards, and the importance of evacuation routes. The 1000 Safer Places award from State Farm Insurance was discussed. A successful brush chipping day was also held on August 21st with 12 tons of brush chipped.
Sprucewold community reports that, “the Simtable simulator exercise not only demonstrated potential paths for fires to spread, but it also raised awareness of fire hazards and led to an excellent discussion of limited evacuation route options. Chipping day removed flammable material and encouraged annual trimming and thinning of wildfire fuels.”