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Apple Mountain Lake is a Firewise Community!

Firewise is a national program designed to reduce wildfire risk in rural communities.  In Virginia, it is administered through our Department of Forestry. Apple Mountain Lake has been participating since 2006. We are rated as a “high” wildfire risk, due to various factors including the abundance of trees and brush and the steep, narrow mountain roads.

Since 2006, our community has benefitted from many thousands of dollars in Firewise grant funds, which have paid for projects including:

–          Reflective, durable green metal house number signs
–          A new dry hydrant at the lake, and work on the parking area
–          Improvements to several cul-de-sacs and a road intersection
–          Clearing and chipping  brush from road shoulders
–          Printing of an emergency evacuation plan
–          Chipping of brush and branches collected by homeowners

As a Firewise community, any property owner can receive a free assessment of their home by a wildfire mitigation specialist from the Virginia Department of Forestry.  If a wildfire starts, how can you prevent it from spreading to your house and lot? And if a fire starts in your house, how can you prevent it from becoming a wildfire and spreading beyond your house and lot? The free assessment can help answer these important questions.

If you would like a free assessment, send an email request to: AMLFirewise@gmail.com

The Firewise USA website, at  www.firewise.org/usa, is a great resource for property owners.  Brochures available include:
Be Firewise Around Your Home (PDF, 586 KB)
Communities Compatible with Nature (PDF, 2 MB)
Firewise Guide to Landscape and Construction (PDF, 481 KB)
Using Water Effectively in the Wildland/Urban Interface (PDF, 508 KB)

WE NEED YOUR HELP! For us to obtain future FireWise grants, we need to be able to report volunteer work hours by the community in reducing wildfire risk. If you do any work on your property such as clearing and disposing of brush or brambles, removing trees,  etc.,  please email a brief summary to AMLFirewise@gmail.com. For example:  “John and Jane Smith, spent 2 hours each on 12/10/11 clearing brush.”  Thanks in advance for your help, and thanks to all the property owners who have worked to help reduce the wildfire risk for all here in Apple Mountain Lake!