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A little collaboration has helped a Conifer neighborhood tackle wildfire mitigation.
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That’s why The Homestead neighborhood has created HEAT — Homestead Emergency Action Team — to encourage neighbors to do the work to make their homes less susceptible to wildfire. Earlier this summer, HEAT worked with CORE Electric to get some of the slash chipped. CORE volunteers brought a truck and chipper on a Saturday, and moved from home to home — 29 in all —around The Homestead to get rid of slash piles.
“We have found the biggest challenge is getting rid of the slash,” said Jackie White, who organized the wood-chipping event. “We reached out to CORE to help, and there was no hesitation. They said they were here to help. It’s really impressive.”
White said having a slash-chipping day helped create momentum to get the work done in the neighborhood.
Mike Kaine with CORE Electric said he and his staff were happy to volunteer to do the work and glad the staff was creating relationships with neighbors. He hopes CORE will be able to do more chipping work, noting that wildfire is a concern for the electric company as it is for residents.
The goal of HEAT is to improve safety awareness for the subdivision, help neighbors with wildfire mitigation, create fire breaks and egress in case of evacuation and pursue grants to help pay for the work.
Sourdough Drive resident Paula Weeks had several slash piles chipped by CORE, explaining that White has been instrumental in getting neighbors to mitigate their properties, and it was convenient to have CORE dispose of them.
“Wildfire has been close by,” she said. “We don’t want that happening to us.”
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