Ely Residents Encouraged to Learn How to Protect Their Neighborhood from Wildfire Risks and Take Action During Firewise Demonstration Days this Summer


(Minneapolis, MN) - Dovetail Partners, Fire Adapted Communities, the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities Program, the Morse/Fall Lake Township Fire Department, and the Eagles Nest Township and Fire Department are sponsoring three FREE Firewise Demonstration Days this July in Ely, MN. The goal of Firewise is to maintain a safe zone around homes in order to mitigate wildfire risks, inhibit the spread of wildland fire and protect neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for area homeowners to learn about Firewise best practices and reduce risk to their homes by implementing wildfire prevention strategies.


2015 Ely Firewise Demonstration Days will be held at the following dates and times:


Eagles Nest Township Demo Day - Friday July 17th, 10:00am-Noon

Address: Larry Anderson's Home - 1385 Peninsula Road


Morse Township Demo Day - Sunday July 19th, 1:00-3:00pm

Address: Phil & Jan Hogan's Home - 1902 Pine Tree Trail


St. Louis County Demo Day - Monday July 20th, 10:00am-Noon

Address: Paul & Sue Schurke's Home - 1101 Ring Rock Road


Jeff Jackson, NE Firewise Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, will be conducting Firewise Demonstrations at each location. Local volunteer fire department representatives will be present in addition to Firewise Evaluators who will aid in signing up landowners for a FREE Firewise Home Evaluation. During the 2015 Ely Firewise Demo Days this July, the event sponsors hope to determine Chipper Day dates for each road involved to conduct future hazardous woody fuels mitigation work. All area landowners are encouraged to aid in organizing neighbors for their own Demonstration and Chipper Days events.


For more information about the Firewise program, please visit: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/firewise.


For additional information about these events, contact Dovetail's Local Fire Adapted Communities Coordinator Gloria Erickson at gjerickson@frontiernet.net or 218-365-0878.



About Firewise Communities
Firewise Communities is a national wildfire planning, prevention, mitigation and education program overseen by the National Fire Protection Association. It encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for protection of their homes and communities fro wildfire risks. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities. The Firewise program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, US Department of the Interior and National Association of State Foresters. 


About Fire Adapted Communities
Fire Adapted Communities is a national wildfire risk reduction program overseen by a Coalition of federal government, business agencies and nonprofit partners committed to helping people and communities in the wildland urban interface adapt to living with wildfire and reduce their risk for damage, without compromising firefighter or civilian safety. A fire adapted community "incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas into the effort to prepare for the effects of wildland fire. Community leaders and residents accept responsibility for living in an area with wildfire hazards. They have the knowledge and skills and have adopted tools and behaviors to prepare in advance for their community's resilience in a wildfire prone environment."