May 4, 2014
At the recent Governor’s Conference on Wildfire Preparedness in Oklahoma City, 12 communities were recognized for achieving Firewise/USA status. Representatives of these communities, as well as fire chiefs, city officials and others from the wildfire community across Oklahoma, attended the conference to learn more about the tools available to better assess wildfire risk and take steps to mitigate the risk.
Freeny Valley in Bryan County was among communities communities to be recognized by the Firewise program and presented with certificates to display showing their participation.
“We commend these communities for completing a wildfire risk assessment and forming a Firewise board,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese as he presented the awards. “They join several other Oklahoma communities who are taking steps to be better prepared for wildfire.”
Firewise communities get organized and work with experts to learn about wildfire and take action to reduce the risk of damage from fire. This nationwide program has a proven track record as enrolled communities take action to reduce their risks from brush, grass and forest fires.
To learn more about how your community can become Firewise, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/firewise or call 405-522-6158. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, is committed to conserving, enhancing and protecting the forest resources of Oklahoma for present and future generations.