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Group of Residents Prepare for Wildfire with Firewise Presentation

Group of Residents Prepare for Wildfire with Firewise Presentation

Ken-Caryl resident Carolee Scoville organized a wildfire preparedness presentation for her neighbors on Summit Ash in Ken-Caryl Valley. The group of 21 residents gathered in her home on Oct. 19 to learn how to better prepare for wildfire.

“Keith McMillan gave an extremely informative presentation to educate us about mitigation and preparedness. Neighbors are already taking fire mitigation steps,” said Carolee.

Keith is a volunteer member of the Ken-Caryl Ranch Firewise Committee. The community has received recognition status as a Firewise Community. There are more than 1,200 recognized Firewise communities across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire. Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.

“This is a great example of homeowners coming together to strengthen an entire street against wildfire. One mitigated home is good, but an entire street helps everyone in that area,” said Keith.

To help educate and prepare residents, the Firewise Committee can send a representative to speak with community groups. This is a free service offered to the residents. If you are interested in organizing a meeting for your neighborhood or group, contact Keith at fire_wiseguy@yahoo.com.

This article originally appeared in the Nov. 2, 2016 Life at Ken-Caryl paper.

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