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Firewise workshop to be held in Sterling on Sept. 17


September 8, 2016 | View PDF

An “Alaska Fire-wise, Ready Set Go” Workshop for the community of Sterling, and all residents of the Kenai Peninsula will be held Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sterling Community Center. The workshop will be followed with a home visit from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to perform a Firewise assessment of a property. This workshop is a cooperative effort between the US Fish & Wildlife Service – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), Alaska Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry, Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Division of Wildlife Conservation (ADF&G), and Central Emergency Services

The objectives of this workshop are to help residents take personal responsibility and prepare their home long before the threat of a wildfire occurs, and to provide residents the basics on firewise structure protection including creating defensible space. The session is also designed to provide information on preparing a pre-planned evacuation checklist and following a “Personal Wildfire Action Plan”

“We’re always looking for opportunities to help landowners implement strategic fire-wise/fuel reduction steps that provide defensible space in the event of a wildland fire” says Linden McNeilus, Fire Prevention and Mitigation Specialist for the Kenai NWR.

Also, in conjunction with the Firewise Workshop an “Open House” booth will be staffed with officials from cooperating agencies to provide additional details.


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