There are 1068 Firewise Communities across the country, and one of the best is right here in Washington! The Forest Ridge Wildfire Coalition in Chelan County was selected as one of the five most effective communities in the country in its efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire.
This community took steps to combat the threat of wildfire. They have played an integral role in reducing their neighborhood’s wildfire risk, plus they have encouraged more residents to take action in their own areas.
After being nominated by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and selected by the National Fire Protection Association, the coalition received a $5,000 award to help ongoing efforts to remove and chip brush and make sure homes in the development next to Squilchuck State Park are prepared for fire.
The coalition covers about 100 homes in the subdivision and many more in the upper Squilchuck Valley.
Communities were selected based on development of an action plan and participation by local residents. Other winners of this year’s award are in Arkansas, California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
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