Lake Lure & Chimney Rock Village to Hold Public Forum on Becoming a "Firewise" Fire Adapted Community

In light of the impacts of the Party Rock Fire of Nov. 2016, two local organizations are coming together later this month to hold public forums how to strengthen wildfire preparedness and resiliency.

Hosted by the Lake Lure Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chimney Rock Village Volunteer Fire Department, there will be two different forums on March 28th.

Rumbling Bald Resort @ 2 pm

Chimney Rock Fire Department @ 7 pm

Brush, grass and forest fires donít have to be disasters. The National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.

Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities Ė a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA's Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.

"We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire," said Lake Lure Fire Chief Ron Morgan. "We hope as many residents and business owners as possible can join us for this educational event."