March 17, 2017
Brazeau County Enews
March-April 2017 Newsletter

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Local resident gets proactive by applying Homeowner Fire Smart practice to his lands 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Local resident gets proactive by applying Homeowner Fire Smart practice to his lands

After watching the devastation and tragedy caused by last year’s fire in Fort McMurray, and experiencing the danger of a nearby forest fire themselves, Dick Hendrix and wife Judy decided to take charge of fire safety on their property.

After operating a Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) facility for years, the two are now retired and have spent some of that retirement time applying Fire Smart practices to their own land.

With property adjacent to a busy highway, Dick has a real fear that a cigarette butt discarded by passing motorists could cause a potential fire. He was proactive in removing dead grass, small brush and a few trees from the 30m zone around his house. He left a buffer of willows nearest the road as a sound barrier, but cleared out deadfall and grass. He removed larger trees close to the house and limbed larger trees to remove the wick factor for ground fires. He is in the process of burning the refuse so there will be less fuel near his home.

Hendrix feels all landowners should start taking precautions with their own property sooner than later, in the event we have a dry summer. By doing the work one can benefit from the easily applied processes suggested in the Fire Smart manual. He supports and recommends the Homeowner Fire Smart program to other landowners.

For further information and brochures contact local Fire Smart Representative Mary Ellen Whyte with Brazeau County at 780 542-2667.

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