The small community of Flowing Springs has worked toward and achieved, national Firewise Communities/USA Recognition.
Lee Ann Beery, from the Arizona State Forestry Division, presented the national award to members of the Flowing Springs Firewise Board on March 22.
The Flowing Springs community becomes the 10th community in Gila County and the 35th community within the state to achieve this national recognition status.
The community is situated approximately five miles north of Payson along the banks of the East Verde River and completely surrounded by the Tonto National Forest.
“Achieving Firewise recognition status has been a long, two-year journey for this community,” states Beery. “They put in a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears to get this far. They never gave up.”
In their efforts to prepare and protect themselves from a wildfire event, the Flowing Springs Firewise Board held several Community Brush Removal Days, with Dumpsters provided by Gila County. Volunteers logged 114 hours clearing brush, pruning trees and removing combustible materials around their homes.
“On each occasion, residents filled these Dumpsters to capacity with brush and vegetation” states Firewise Board Chairperson Paul Morgan. Firewise Board members also held Firewise Education Days and provided Firewise educational and landscape information to their residents through community newsletters and e-mails.
The Flowing Springs Firewise Board plans to continue its wildfire preparedness efforts by encouraging residents to receive an Individual Wildfire Home Hazard Evaluation. This evaluation is free and can help owners with Firewise tips and recommendations, specific to their home and property.
If you want to learn how to protect your home and property from wildland fire or if you are a community interested in earning recognition visit the Web site: www.firewise.org for more information.