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Hawkins County Community Recognized as Firewise USA

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 | 01:46pm
Chelaque Firewise Day

Nashville – The residents of the Chelaque Estates community in Hawkins County have earned Firewise USA® site recognition from the National Fire Protection Association based on their efforts to reduce the vulnerability of their homes and landscapes to wildfire. 

To earn Firewise USA® site recognition, a community must work with its local fire department and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry to conduct wildfire hazard assessments and develop and implement a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. 

“The community’s commitment to complete projects specified within their Community Wildfire Protection Plan allows them to apply for grant opportunities through the Division of Forestry,” State Forester David Arnold said. “This is a testament to the power of partnerships to better protect the citizens of Tennessee.” 

Chelaque Estates is the sixth community in the state to earn this recognition this year. Tennessee led the nation for the number of new Firewise USA® sites for the first quarter of 2018, bringing the state’s total to 24 since the program started in 2002. 

“We are proud to have the Chelaque community be the first to be recognized as a Firewise USA® site in Hawkins County,” Area Forester Cody Lamb said. “They put tremendous effort in achieving this status, and they are safer because of that effort.” 

For more information about the Firewise USA® program, please contact Tennessee Firewise Coordinator Leon Konz at 865-414-5667 and visit