Dear Sturbridge Lakes Homeowners
This Saturday starting at 8 AM, state, county and local firefighting personnel will stage an exercise in our community.
The purpose of the exercise is to prepare for the possibility of a major forest fire in the adjacent Pinelands woods in Evesham Township.
It was explained to us that based on previous forest fires in NJ, the dangers posed by such a fire here could include wind-blown embers causing spot fires throughout our neighborhood and as far away as Alluvium.
This is an exercise only and will NOT involve a real fire. The exercise will be based on a hypothetical that a cigarette tossed in the woods ignited a wildfire.
You can expect to see a lot of fire equipment moving throughout the neighborhood Saturday, as the fire departments play out this scenario.
We also have been asked to inquire if our residents are interested in forming a committee to work on Sturbridge Lakes qualifying as a “Fire Wise Community”.
Materials from the NJ Forest Fire Service related to the Fire Wise program can be found at the links below.
The basic steps to becoming a Fire Wise Community are:
- Form a Committee;
- Write a plan;
- Do assessments;
- Conduct a Fire Wise Day;
- Invest a certain amount of time per household per year;
- Open a portal account with the program.
Based on the short presentation we heard, this appears to be a very interesting and worthwhile program. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining such a committee.
Please see these links:
NFPA – Firewise USA®
NFPA’s Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. Join the growing network of recognized Firewise sites from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
Building a Wildfire Preparedness Plan: We’re All in This …
New Jersey’s wildfire preparedness plan has four essential elements: a nonprofit partner, a broadened base, local champions and a state-wide network.