‘Under control’: Hidden Dunes a ‘Firewise’ neighborhood after mitigating risk of blaze

Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM.

“If lightning strikes … you could have a major blaze,” he said, point out that they have more than 100 beach cottages.

The community spent countless hours pruning back the more “jungle-like” areas, manicuring bushes, and adding at-the-ready hoses in the common areas.

Kern said the cleaning up has mitigated the greatest risk of fire in the neighborhood, but it hasn’t sacrificed the neighborhood’s aesthetic.

“We haven’t taken out all of the vegetation. It doesn’t look like it’s manicured — it does look like it’s under control,” said Kern.

The hard work will be recognized by the state for its effort to minimize the risk of fire in Hidden Dunes.

“It doesn’t meant we are being perfect; it means we are a community that cares about this,” said Kern.

Both Goddin and Kern hope the Firewise designation gives other communities a push toward making positive changes with fire mitigation.

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