Northwood University and the Texas A&M Forest Service to present at the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center for Earth Day

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How to prevent homes and landscapes from fire damage

CEDAR HILL, Texas – A wild land fire is inevitable, however communities can always take action to prepare homes and landscapes to withstand a wildfire. This week the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center will host a Firewise Community presentation on April 20, 2013 from 10:00AM-12:00PM. The center is located at 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. Citizens will learn how to protect their homes and landscapes from a wild fire. Nick Harrison, of the Texas Forest Service and Dr. Lynda Folts of Northwood University will lead the presentation that is open to the public.

Earlier this year Northwood University and Cedar Hill officials worked with the Texas A&M Forest Service to create a fire break and community demonstration area on the Northwood University Texas campus along Old Beltline Road.

Cedar Hill is among a growing number of communities across the country that is taking a long-term approach to wildfire preparedness. The National Firewise Communities program provides free information resources and direction for residents, communities, businesses and fire and forestry organizations.

“The reality is that catastrophic wildfire loss is avoidable,” said Michele Steinberg, Firewise program manager for the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). “Communities can be designed, built, and maintained to withstand wildfires. We’ve seen it work repeatedly.”

“In most extreme wildfires, it’s not the wall of flames that engulf homes during a wildfire,” Steinberg said. “It’s the burning embers ahead of the fire or blown far away that start spot ignitions that destroy homes. That type of loss is preventable with proper design and maintenance such as non-combustible construction materials and fire-resistant vegetation.”

Information about individual and community-wide wildfire preparedness can be found at www.firewise.org or contact Dr. Lynda Folts, at Northwood University 972-322-4265 for more information.

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