Local Communities Get Wise to Fire Protection

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

The recent dry weather has reminded us all of the dangers of wild fires.

To help combat the problem, a growing number of communities are looking at ways to best prevent large scale fires.

Kinderlou Forest is the first residential development in our region to be named a "Firewise" community. It means the latest methods have been used to prevent any fire from spreading.

Forestry officials hope more communities see the benefit of becoming "Firewise."

Buck Kline of the Georgia Forestry Commission says, "Any home needs to be protected from wild-land fire, no matter what kind of home it is or where it’s at, so this type of approach hopefully in the future will lead to reduced insurance premiums"

A “Firewise” community must include plenty of fire hydrants, distance between trees and homes and easy access for fire trucks.


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