Taking steps to combat the threat of wildfire was a key theme around the 2013 Firewise Challenge. Participating communities not only played an integral role in reducing wildfire risk but they also encouraged more residents to take action in their own areas.
As previously reported, there were five grand prize winners of the Challenge. Thanks to State Farm, these winning communities each received $5,000 to be used for mitigation activities, including chipping of brush, removal of vegetative material, and similar activities that will reduce wildfire hazards. The winning communities are:
- Norphlet, Arkansas
- Orleans, Humboldt County, California
- Horizons at Barnegat, Ocean County, New Jersey
- Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, Pennsylvania
- Forest Ridge, Wenatchee, Washington
Contacts from each of these winning communities took some time out recently to talk with Ryan McGinnis, NFPA's public affairs intern, about why participating in this Challenge was important to them, and the plans they have to continue their wildfire mitigation work in the coming months and year ahead. Read their winning stories on our Firewise success stories page.