NFPA’s Firewise© Recognition Program can help residents in communities be safer from wildfire no matter where the community is located. Communities from across the United States have shared their stories of success with us as they prioritize their risk and create innovative solutions to take effective actions that can significantly reduce their risk of loss from a wildfire. Sisters, Oregon shares a great story with us about how they worked with local ranchers and their local fire department to develop solutions to their wildfire risk. What is your community’s success story?
Cascade Meadows Ranch at Sisters, Oregon
Cascade Meadow Ranch (CMR) held a community meeting for Firewise Day. Bill Stayer, the CMR Fire Committee Chairman, summarized the community’s wildfire preparedness. He reviewed the actions by the ranch manager and the HOA board to reduce fuels and provide adequate water availability for firefighting. He also highlighted a recent visit by the Sisters Fire Safety Manager, Gary Marshall. Gary toured the community and praised their fire readiness.
CMR is a 360-acre development, mostly surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, with 300 acres of common land, and a ranch manager for maintenance. CMR shared with us, “The CMR HOA board made the decision to commit to Firewise, and the ranch manager and ranch hand have done a lot of the work through the years to improve the CMR firewise situation. For water, CMR has a lake, a pond, five pump driven fire hydrants and two dry fire hydrants. Sisters Fire Department has done periodic hydrant testing and made suggestions for practical improvements. Some CMR homes are adjacent to mowed, irrigated horse pastures.”