Tuckerton Leader

Mystic Shores on Path to Firewise Certification

May 05, 2017

Mystic Shores, an active adult community in Little Egg Harbor, is starting the qualification process to become a Firewise Community/USA. The program goal, according to homeowners association member Karen Yock, is to implement fire mitigation concepts wherever possible.

“We are using a five-step process that includes developing an action plan that will bring our community into compliance with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group,” she writes.

The plan includes giving out information and steps that homeowners can take to protect their homes, promoting awareness of the program, and creating an assessment of the community by the Firewise coordinator, Noreen Ryen, the local volunteer fire company and other experts to achieve Firewise status.

Ron Palmer, Mystic Shores homeowners association president, and Ryen attended the NJ Fire Adapted Communities annual meeting in Barnegat in October. Prior to the first meeting of the Firewise seven-member committee, homeowners were asked by the homeowners association in their newsletter to participate in spring and fall cleanups of brush and leaves. Several diseased trees in the common areas were identified and many were removed.

In Phase II of the project, the Firewise committee will continue to work with fire, safety and other professionals to define and identify fuel breaks, areas of diseased or fallen trees and potentially dangerous undergrowth. The committee is also applying for state grants to help carry out the Firewise goals.

Annual meetings will be held to share updated information and requirements of the program.

Residents can also sign up for Nixle warnings from the Little Egg Harbor Police Department.  —P.J.

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