On Saturday August 18, residents joined forces for a day of FireSmart community cleanup activities in the Marten Beach area. Many hands make for lighter work as the saying goes, as evidenced by the sheer volume of brush and debris that was cleared from the area. It was great to see friends and family working alongside each other to help make the community a bit safer.
The day's excellent weather with decent temperatures and a bit of breeze kept the bugs at bay made for an enjoyable day of hard work, camaraderie and delicious BBQ eats as a final treat. Residents working in untreated zones were amazed at how much ‘fuel’ is sitting just beyond their backyard; fortunately, there are yearly events of this nature planned for the Marten Beach subdivision.
Some residents took up the FireSmart cause (Fuel Reduction, Fuel Removal, Species Conversion, Prescribed Fire and Hazard Reduction Burning) on their own properties, so hats off to those putting in FireSmart efforts at ‘home base’, taking advantage of the Fire crew’s presence and equipment.
Dan Tarney and the FireSmart Committee hosted a well-organized event, with helpful notes, maps, and great communication before, during and after the event. The MD commends the Fire Department and Alberta Wildfire workers (Jamie, Alex, Ryan, Logan, Zoey, Matt & Collin) for their generous donations of time, effort, expertise and equipment. Thanks also to FS Educator Michelle and volunteer Keith for feeding the crew at the BBQ. Thanks and well done to all in attendance!
Dan Tarney reminds MD residents that if there are any trees requiring removal in the subdivision, please contact Dan Tarney or the MD office to make a plan for safe removal.