CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Another community now feels safer and better protected against wildfires. Madrone Hill in Central Point is the newest nationally recognized Firewise USA community within the district. The Firewise USA program teaches communities how to adapt to living with wildfire and how to take action to prevent it. Over the past year, the community and Fire District 3 has cleared four acres of brush and made the community safer.
“Wildfire isn't always in the forest. We see wildfire activity right down in our cities and it can move very, very quickly. That 100 acre fire on Penninger was a prime example of that and we were so fortunate that we didn't lose any homes during that but we also need to be very cognizant,” said Fire District 3 Public Information Officer Ashley Blakely.
Madrone Hill is the ninth in the Fire District 3 district to be recognized. Madrone Hill must go through an annual renewal process. There are more than 1,500 Firewise communities across the United States.