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City of Pigeon Forge seeks to become a Firewise Community



PIGEON FORGE, TN — The City of Pigeon Forge Fire Department (PFFD), wildfire safety experts from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program and the Tennessee Division of Forestry are working together to assist Pigeon Forge residents and businesses in an effort to become nationally recognized as a Firewise community in 2017.

The Firewise USA™ program provides a number of proven tools and resources for homeowners and other community residents to help prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss.

Pigeon Forge community members are encouraged to learn more about the Firewise program by contacting Kevin Nunn at the PFFD at (865)-429-7381 for more information or to become involved.

“Other Firewise communities have demonstrated that individual efforts do make a big difference as it relates to reducing risk through preparedness,” said Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson. “We want to educate our community, both our residents and our businesses, and encourage everyone to take an active role in making our Pigeon Forge community fire wise.”

More than 1,400 communities in the U.S. have dramatically lowered their risk of wildfire damage by participating in the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program. For more information, visit www.firewise.org or contact the Pigeon Forge Fire Department.

Firewise prevention includes:
• Clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks;
• Removing fuel, in this case vegetation and man-made structures, within three to five feet of a home’s foundation and out buildings, including garages and sheds. Any combustible should not touch a home;
• Removing dead vegetation within 30 to 100 feet of a home;
• Landscaping with native and less-flammable plants. State forestry or county extension agents have additional information on which plants are best.

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is one element of the Fire Adapted Communities initiative, a national effort that engages homeowners, firefighters, civic leaders and land managers to reduce wildfire risk in communities throughout the U.S. The Firewise Communities Program and the Fire Adapted Communities initiative are sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and USDA Forest Service.

Published July 17, 2017





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