Walton County’s first ever ‘Firewise Community’ plans celebration

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM.

Hidden Dunes is a 27-acre residential resort designed, constructed, and landscaped to enhance the natural beauty of the woodland areas and beaches of South Walton County. Taking that into consideration, the goal of the Hidden Dunes Firewise committee is to reduce the fire hazard throughout the property to a “low hazard” status. This is being done by making changes that lead to more effective fire safety. This includes planning and participating in activities that promote an awareness of fire prevention and safety among the property owners and neighboring communities.

The Firewise Communities, USA program is a national, multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wild land fire before a fire starts. The initiative is directed and sponsored by federal agencies and national organizations that are responsible for wild land fire management in the United States.

What makes a community “Firewise?” Like Hidden Dunes has done, Firewise communities are those that have taken steps to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage. Communities designed from the start or modified later with Firewise concepts help to save lives, protect homes, businesses, and property, and preserve surrounding natural resources.


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