Portals 1 & 2 Firewise Recognition

Pine and Strawberry community members are working hard to make our entire community Fire-Wise. Much has been done and effort is still being put forth to remove the excess brush and trees that could put us all at risk in the event of a major wildfire.

On May 22, 2010 the Portals 1 & 2 HOA was awarded by the Arizona State Forestry Division for bringing their subdivision into compliance with guidelines set forth for Fire Wise communities.

L-R: Lee Ann Beery,Payson FD and Cam Hunter, Deputy Director of the Arizona State Forestry Division, presenting the award to Bill Myers, Ann Judd, Jack Malloy, & Dan Griffith of the P1&2 HOA

L-R: Lee Ann Beery,Payson FD and Cam Hunter, Deputy Director of the Arizona State Forestry Division, presenting the award to Bill Myers, Ann Judd, Jack Malloy, & Dan Griffith of the P1&2 HOA

Before

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An example of what the area looked like before thinning process.

After

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This is how nice it looks now, making the homes defensible in the event of a fire.

About Firewise Communities

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Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s 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 a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

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