ASHLAND, Ore. — An Ashland neighborhood, once faced with a disastrous fire, is now highly regarded for it’s firewise efforts.
Ashland has nine Firewise communities with three more pending making it the most Firewise city in the state. The national program is gaining support throughout the country and officials say Ashland has become a leader in Oregon.
The Mountain Meadows community was one of the Ashland communities highlighted Wednesday morning as a leading example for Firewise communities. Fire officials from across the Northwest were on hand to tour Mountain Meadows and see how the community supports being firewise. Mountain Meadows residents have come together and worked closely with the Ashland Fire Department to form evacuation plans, have fire resistant building materials and landscaping that won’t fuel the spread of fires.
Mountain Meadows also includes emergency preparedness tips in a newsletter given to all residents. The first step in having your community recognized as being firewise is contacting the local Firewise representative to do an inspection to see what is working and what are problem areas. Firewise officials say there are small grants available to help kick start a Firewise community.