Building Community Preparedness
Fire preparedness efforts in this community have included community education through the development of a local community wildfire protection plan
and community workshops, as well as fuels reduction through the Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH) program
, a rebate program that reimburses landowners for reducing hazardous wildfire fuels on their properties.
Orleans residents have also been leaders in the use of alternative fuels reduction methods, such as prescribed burning and animal grazing, along with the more conventional methods, like manual and mechanical vegetation removal.
Firewise community wildfire assessments (PDF)
and action plans (PDF)
are excellent tools for communities to learn about wildfire hazards in their area and collaboratively identify actions to reduce those hazards.