Fuel Break Seeding

The fuel break that surrounds Pine and Strawberry is in constant need of mechanical clearing to keep it an effective tool for combating a fire either entering or leaving the community.  This constant clearing is not cost effective nor does it accomplish the restoration of the native ecosystem that is truly the answer in safeguarding…

Pine Community Center Ramada

The new Ramada at the Pine Community Center was built through partnerships in this community as well as in both the state and the county.  This Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction committee secured the necessary funding to replace the 35 year-old small ramada that was already in place.  The new ramada was constructed using small diameter wood…

Protect Your Property From Wildfires CD

A wildfire safety informational CD, Protect Your Property from Wildfires,  was developed in cooperation with the Pine Strawberry Fire District and distributed to residents and property owners through a mass mailing.   This was accomplished by enlisting financial support from Arizona Public Service, State Farm Insurance, Gila County (with assistance from Supervisor Tommie Martin), Qwest…

Arrowhead Canyon Fuel Break

The Payson Ranger District has been working steadily to create and maintain fuel breaks in the area.  They recently partnered with Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc., to thin 77 untreated acres south of Pine.  When PSFR raised enough private sector funds from the community to complete approximately half of the project, the Payson Ranger District…

Billy Brushwhacker

Mike and Janet Brandt of Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc, working with a grant obtained through the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department, created the Billy Brushwacker program. The program is intended to teach children in the 8-11 age group about Wildfire Prevention principles. Billy goats are useful in some communities working to reduce flammable vegetation by grazing and…

90 / 10 Grant

In the spring of 2009 a grant opportunity became available, providing communities with funding to reduce the fuels on large private properties and to complement USFS projects by widening and extending the fuel break into the community.  Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. was successful in securing a 90/10 grant to do just that.  Using this…