"Firewise Day" events held in Waterboro and Georgetown

July 31, 2013

In order for Maine's six national recognized Firewise Communities to maintain their status, they must hold a "Firewise Day" and do some form of hazardous fuels reduction (i.e., brush chipping or prescribed burns) annually. Fire Prevention Specialist Kent Nelson recently completed two "Firewise Days" in Waterboro and Georgetown. At one of the Firewise Day events, the local Firewise Board President expressed concern with the amount of seasonal renters that are not familiar with Maine’s Firewise Program and tend to be careless with their fires. As a result of this, a fire prevention letter targeted towards renters has been drafted and will be distributed to all residents in several of Maine's Firewise Communities next summer.