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We hear about wildfires out west, sometimes even in the south...but how about here in Missouri? A program that's new to the state is designed to encourage communities and homeowners to protect themselves from wildfires. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.
We may not be aware of the risks of wildfires here in Southwest Missouri.
Duane Parker is the Firewise Communities Consultant.
Parker is helping bring the Firewise Communities program to Missouri. It's a program that's designed to help homeowners and communities be proactive in preventing and stopping the spread of wildfires. The program has been around in other states since the 1990's. Even though Firewise is new to Missouri, Parker says wildfires are not.
To help homeowners understand how to protect themselves and their property, Parker encourages them to look at their home from a new perspective.
It's not just private citizens who need to think about protecting themselves from wildfires.
Parker says communities need to consider their own ability to prevent wildfires and respond to them. That means considering several factors.
Information on the Firewise Communities program is available by calling the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development council at 732-6485. The RC&D is administering the Firewise Communities program.