Training up the next generation of homeowners is an important part of growing the Firewise® program. Many communities employ different types of activities to engage children and youth in educational activities about wildfire, including carnivals, coloring contests, school activities, community service work projects and more. These events can generate positive action that makes a difference in the safety of the community. Read the uplifting story of Crescent Valley and Beowawe in Eureka, Nevada to see how they developed an educational opportunity that makes a difference in their neighborhoods.
Crescent Valley and Beowawe at Eureka, Nevada
Crescent Valley and Beowawe Community Firewise Committee sponsored a high-flying, educational, fun for the whole family day on Firewise Day. The highlight of the event was free Smokey Bear hot air balloon rides. Approximately 175 people attended the event coordinated by Eureka County Firewise Communities and Battle Mountain District of BLM. The residents listened to talks about protecting their homes from wildfire and how to prepare for an emergency. Children played games, such as a game of skill that demonstrates how embers can enter a home, met Smokey Bear, and explored fire trucks. Volunteers and vendors sponsored booths, including Diamond Mountain, FFA, Barrick-Cortez Mine, NV Department of Forestry, Eureka County, Eureka County Emergency Medical Services, Eureka County Search & Rescue, BLM-Battle Mountain District, Golden Oldies, Crescent Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Eureka County Department of Natural Resources, Living with Fire, and Firewise Communities/USA. Food was served.
Crescent Valley/Beowawe tells us, “This year’s event was a success. The Eureka County Firewise events have not only educated residents, but also impacted many of them. Residents have made their homes more defensible and firewise due to our events and outreach efforts.”
Children learn while they play at the "Ember House" in Eureka County, Nevada