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Mullins Cove Works to Become Firewise

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | 02:51pm

COOKEVILLE – The residents of Mullins Cove in Marion County know what it is like to live in a remote area. With just one way into the community and one way out, wildfires are always a risk. Residents can learn about that wildfire threat and how to safeguard their homes during the Firewise USA Day.

Kelly’s Ferry Community Church in Whitwell, Tenn. will host the event on Saturday, July 14.

Small communities often struggle to establish timely fire response services and support. In Mullins Cove, it is approximately 22 miles to the nearest fire hydrant. The narrow, winding road that runs through the community is barely passable for two vehicles in some locations. These factors, as well as the forest surrounding the area, contribute to wildfire vulnerability.

Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry will present the program in the fellowship hall of the church. All Mullins Cove residents and visitors are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

WHAT:        Firewise USA Day
WHEN:        July 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE:      Kelly’s Ferry Community Church
                     11612 Mullins Cove Road in Whitwell, Tenn.

The free and voluntary Firewise USA recognition program enables communities to apply for grants to fund projects that address safety concerns and reduce fire risk. The Division of Forestry also provides funding opportunities for communities to become Firewise.

To earn Firewise recognition, a community must work with its local fire department and the Division of Forestry to conduct wildfire hazard assessments and develop and implement a community wildfire protection plan.

For more information about the Firewise USA program, please contact Tennessee Firewise Coordinator David Fiorella at 615-474-5028 and click here.