Tuckerton Leader

Mystic Shores Is a Firewise Community

Apr 06, 2018
Photo by: supplied Members of the Mystic Shores Firewise program with their certification.

Mystic Shores in Little Egg Harbor Township has joined the growing list of Southern Ocean senior comunities who have participated in the Firewise program run by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

On Feb. 6, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association gave a certificate and two signs to Mystic Shores, proclaiming it a Firewise Community.

The Mystic Shores Firewise Committee of Noreen Ryen (chairperson), Marty Stevenson, Karen Yock, JoAnn Sloginski and John Cowie have worked for over a year to educate the community to the dangers of wildfires and what steps they can take to make their homes safer such as clearing brush, cleaning leaves and pine needles from gutters and even choosing a less fire-prone landscape.

The committee has also contracted to have a section of the grounds cleared of the under-story and a prescribed burn was held two or three weeks ago to burn off accumulated leaves around the clubhouse grounds.

“Trevor Raynor, our local fire ranger, came with about 10 firemen and they checked the wind direction first to keep the smoke away from the houses. It was very interesting to watch,” said Yock.

Three members of the Firewise committee also attended a state-wide Firewise program in Barnegat last week.

“We’ll continue with our education programs to keep people engaged in the program,” said Yock.

If the committee continues to meet the program’s required annual criteria, Mystic Shores may have the opportunity to apply for additional grants to assist the community to advance the goal of lowering wildfire risk, added Yock.  —P.J.

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