Before wildfire season begins, many Firewise communities start preparing to lessen their risk of loss by raising residents’ awareness through a variety of events and educational activities. Some communities included local land management agencies as part of the team to provide a complete picture of their risk by examining elements within and surrounding the community, including wildfire risk, the overall condition of their home and the vegetation surrounding the homes. Do you know what your community’s risk is?
Check out resources available at no cost to you on the NFPA’s Firewise website to see what you can to do to create a safer home and community.
Stoney River Estates at Isabella, Minnesota
Stoney River held a community meeting on Firewise Day. Matt Tyler, Lake County Firewise Coordinator, showed a Firewise video and a slideshow of fire history in the area to approximately 10 residents. Then the group walked the community and discussed fire mitigation concerns.
Stoney River says, “The Firewise program has been a vital part of our community, protecting our homes and surrounding property. In 2013, our community qualified for a grant that was instrumental in clearing 15 acres of brush and balsam fir trees that are highly flammable fire fuel. We also invested in a fire danger sign that is posted on the highway at the entrance to our community and is updated daily by our members.”
Cooked/Wilson Lake at Lakeland, Minnesota
Cooked/Wilson Lake held a community Firewise meeting on Firewise Day. Bre Schueller, East Zone Fire Management Specialist for the Superior National Forest presented a talk on the role of the Forest Service in the management of forests. She also presented the proposed Firewise projects in the community and how residents can have input and get more information. Bre discussed the various fuel mitigation efforts underway in the area. Mary Kingston welcomed new residents and gave an overview of the Firewise program and the group’s activities.
Cooked/ Wilson Lake tells us that they are creating a “little manual” of tips/things they wish they had known and/or done in becoming a Firewise community. “This manual is just information on things we learned in the process, which may be used as a resource by communities becoming Firewise. The Firewise Program is great and we are ever grateful to have this program and information to assist us.”
The wildfire awareness sign is from the Stoney River Estates Firewise Community