Firewise© Community work can become the positive force behind helping to create a neighborhood where neighbors work together and help each other achieve wildfire safety through taking action together based upon sound Firewise principles. Clean up days, chipping days and just plain old fashioned fun events like potlucks and bar-b-ques can help build good community relations. Read the stories of these two Firewise Communities to see how they have worked together to not only promote wildfire safety but also create a wonderful sense of community.
Swauk Pines at Seattle, Washington
Swauk Pines had a neighborhood clean-up day for Firewise Day. This was an all-day event. A fire chipping crew came into the Swauk Pines neighborhood and chipped the dead and downed forest fuels from several community lots. The crew also did some tree limbing and then chipped up the limbs.
Swauk Pines tells us, “This Firewise event, as well as others, has had the following positive impacts on our community: bringing together our landowners and neighbors through meetings and communication, and thus building our sense of community and creating a neighborhood that is more wildfire resistant, safer, and more aesthetically attractive.”
Wagon Wheel at Mill Creek, Washington
Wagon Wheel organized a work party that cleaned debris out of the stream beds, skirted up new growth on trees, and piled limbs and slash for chipping. Once all the debris was collected and piled, a chipping crew was brought in for disposal. For three days in September, a chipping crew drove around the community and chipped the piles of slash placed along the sides of the road.
Wagon Wheel shared with us, “Firewising our community gave us a common goal to coalesce around. Neighbors met each other and worked together. Now we have Firewise potlucks at the end of the workday. We have really developed a sense of community.”
The photograph is submitted by the Swauk Firewise Community