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Glendale Establishes Firewise Community

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GLENDALE, Ore. — Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and powered up their chainsaws to clear out some brush in Glendale’s first ever Firewise project.

The buzz of helicopters and images of smoke from last year’s Douglas Complex wildfire are still fresh in the memories of Glendale residents.

“If you haven’t had a fire in a lot of years, people go on about life and don’t really worry about it and last year was the big eye opener for people,” said Glendale Firewise Organizer Connie Stevens.

Now the buzz of chainsaws fills the city as the residents have come together to form a Firewise community in preparation for fire season.

“Do what we can to prevent forest fires in the future from taking our community out, because this town’s been burned before, a long time ago,” said Stevens.

The residents got a hand from fire prevention specialists who were able to tell them where to improve. The advice from Firewise experts is tailored to the specific needs of a community.

“We’ll come in, and we’ll actually do an assessment for the local community, and we’ll look at what they’re doing good already, some of their hazards and what the risks are,” said Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed.

The first project was in Glendale City Park. An area organizers hope will motivate other community members to continue clearing brush in their own backyards.

“By doing this, starting out in the community in a  public area, people and everyone can come  down and actually see what’s being done,” said Reed.

Organizers of the new Firewise community in Glendale said there has already been strong support and will continue to do what they can to prevent wildfires from spreading.

“It’s growing, this will help it grow, because people can see the work that’s being done,” said Stevens.

Glendale residents said they hope this year’s fire season is nothing like last year’s, but if it is, they will be more prepared.