MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Windsor Green community of Carolina Forest has earned Firewise certification from the National Firewise Communities program after recovering a massive fire in March 2013 that destroyed 26 apartment buildings.
A wildfire hazard assessment and action plan was created by the community, with the help of the Horry County Fire Department, Steve Moore and Drake Carroll of the South Carolina State Forestry Commission. They helped Windsor Green reduce the risk of future fire events.
"Achieving Firewise recognition is not a quick and easy process. Windsor Green has done an outstanding job creating a local Firewise task force and implementing Firewise principles," said Michelle Steinberg, support manager of the Firewise Communities program.
Given the community's history of fire disasters, the Board of Directors has worked hard to achieve Firewise Certification. On March 16, 2013, a brush fire in Windsor Green consumed 26 buildings and left over 190 people homeless. All buildings on Brite Water Court and Twin Pond Court were lost. Most buildings on Pond Shoals were lost.
Jerry Bloom, resident and board member, led his community to reach this goal. He coordinated the removal of excess pine straw, taking down pine trees, overhanging roofs and removing flammable plants from within 15 feet of the buildings. Plants were grown according to Firewise flammability recommendations and all new buildings were re-built with sprinklers to comply with updated fire codes.
For more information on Windsor Green's new Firewise status contact Jerry Bloom at Cbloom1761@yahoo.com.