Preparing for Wildfire in Leelanau County

In  this brief video, District Forester Kama Ross pays a visit to the Cedar Area Fire and Rescue Department in Leelanau County for a visit with Chief Chris Comeaux. Recently, Comeaux has been raising the alarm about a growing threat of wildfire in the hills and valleys of Leelanau County, including those areas close to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.

The Cedar Area Fire and Rescue Department has recently added new wildfire fighting gear and equipment to address small brush and forest fires, but they are asking people throughout the community to help reduce fire risks at and around their homes. Comeaux says the Department is adopting a community service program designed to help owners do a better job of protecting their homes and buildings from the effects of wildfires. Firewise USA (c) will help people adapt to living with wildfire and take actions to prevent losses of life and property.

To learn more, the public is invited to an open house at the Cedar Area Fire and Rescue Department in Cedar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4th. Guests will meet the fire fighting crew, see the facility and wildfire fighting equipment and receive a presentation from Firewise educator, Jed Jaworski.

 

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