Pigeon Forge looking to become Firewise community

New wild land fire truck for Pigeon Forge firefighters. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The City of Pigeon Forge Fire Department, wildfire safety experts from the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Community Program and the Tennessee Division of Forestry are working to help Pigeon Forge residents and businesses become nationally recognized as a Firewise community this year.

The Firewise USA program provides tools and resources for homeowners and community residents to help them prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss in their community.

Members of the Pigeon Forge community are encouraged to learn more about the program by contacting Kevin Nunn at the PFFD at 865-429-7381.

"Other Firewise communities have demonstrated that individual efforts do make a big difference as it relates to reducing risk through preparedness," said Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson. "We want to educate our community, both our residents and our businesses, and encourage everyone to take an active role in making our Pigeon Forge community fire wise."

Firewise program prevention includes the following:
-clearing leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks
-removing fuel, in this case vegetation and man-made structures, within three to five feet of a home's foundation and out buildings, including garages and sheds. Any combustible should not touch a home
-removing dead vegetation within 30 to 100 feet of a home
-landscaping with native and less-flammable plants. State forestry or county extension agents have additional information on which plants are best