Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Recently, I spent 6 days at the FEMA National Fire Academy in Maryland in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) class, (I graduated!). A CWPP is a written plan or road map that a community uses to prepare for wildfires that require local resources to protect the...
It Finally DID Happen Here!

It Finally DID Happen Here!

I have been telling you for several years that it’s not a matter of IF a wildfire will happen in your neighborhood but WHEN!     WHEN finally came to our area recently with the Rock Mountain fire near Tate City and in the Upper Hightower Creek area. Even...
We Must Heed the Wildfire Wake-up Call

We Must Heed the Wildfire Wake-up Call

Our North Georgia and Western North Carolina mountain views have become smoky and hazy these days, and on Code Red days we’re told to stay inside, run our ACs, and breathe filtered air. At this time, dozens of fires throughout WNC and North Georgia have burned more...
Wildland Fire Prevention Education Teams

Wildland Fire Prevention Education Teams

For the past 4 or 5 years, the Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council has been working with local emergency agencies in several counties in Northeast Georgia to create emergency plans to handle the fires that we have been telling you would happen sooner or later and...