What is Firewise Week? A week to promote Firewise Communities, to make sure your home and yard are Firewise, and to get ready for wildfire season.
This year’s theme is “Protect Your Home, Protect Your Community”. Home loss to wildfire is not inevitable. Simple low cost actions around your home and yard can determine whether a home survives a wildfire, or is devastated by windborne embers from a nearby fire. Because Ashland’s homes are close together, neighbors can work together to prevent the spread of wildfire in a neighborhood.
Several Ashland neighborhoods have done just that. At this point, Ashland has eleven neighborhood groups that are working together for wildfire preparedness, and have received or will receive national Firewise Community recognition for their work.
Ashland’s Firewise Commission has been working on several events for city residents to promote Firewise Communities in Ashland.
Firewise Week Events:
• May 5th: First Annual Firewise 5K! An SOU student is organizing this race for Firewise awareness in Ashland as his Capstone Project. A 1K event for kids will be part of the fun. Proceeds will benefit the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. Register today at active.com!
• May 6th: Firewise Clean-Up Day. Free yard debris drop-off for Ashland residents to dispose of all those leftover leaves, dead plants, branches and overhanging tree limbs that can be fuel for a wildfire. See the link for more specific information about this opportunity. This event is a partnership with Recology Ashland Sanitary Service.
• Firewise in the 4th Grade Poster Contest Winners Announced: Ashland’s 4th graders have learned about The Firewise 5 and the poster contest winners will be announced this week, with the winning poster displayed at Ashland Fire Station 1.
• All Week: Ashland Public Library will be featuring a Firewise display and wildfire-related literature. The children’s department will host Smokey Bear and special guest storytellers during story time. Mayor Stromberg will read a Firewise Week Proclamation at the May 1st City Council Meeting.
What can you do during Firewise Week? Make sure you are ready for wildfire season. Learn how at ashlandfirewise.org, and talk to your neighbors about how you can work together. Grants are still available, for those who have not received grant money in the past, for hazardous vegetation removal near Ashland homes. Keeping a community safe from wildfire is everyone’s responsibility. Take part during Firewise Week and help make Ashland a Firewise place to live and work!