A neighborhood on the far west edge of Corvallis was selected to receive $500 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to fund neighborhood cleanup efforts next month. The Skyline West Neighborhood Association plans to use the award to organize a neighborhood cleanup event on May 6, which is recognized annually as national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
In recent years, Skyline West has worked proactively with the Corvallis Fire Department and Benton County to understand and mitigate wildland fire risks. In 2016, Skyline West was designated as a "Firewise Community" by NFPA for its work.
Firewise Committee Co-Chair Carrie Berger applied for this year’s award. Her plans for the May 6 cleanup day include securing an on-site dumpster and cleanup gear so neighbors can remove debris, fallen limbs and broken branches from around homes.
"We're always mindful of the fire risk in our neighborhood, and so I’m grateful that the NFPA was able to provide us with this money to fund this cleanup day," Berger said.
Berger was one of 150 award winners in 37 states out of more than 400 applications received. Community members interested in learning more about wildfire risk reduction are encouraged to read more about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
. The day is a call to action that encourages people to get informed and help make their communities safer.
The Skyline West area is described by fire safety officials as a "wildland urban interface" zone, where city life gives way to grasslands and wooded areas, and has a relatively high potential for wildfire. Because it was originally developed in unincorporated Benton County, the neighborhood lacks access to the City’s municipal water supply and has just one road leading into and out of the area.
For more information on the Firewise Communities program, go to www.firewise.org