nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Subscribe | Special Sections

Local News arrow Fire & Rescue arrow Shenandoah County

| 0

Chief, state officials working to reduce fire threat in mountains

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK -- Fire Chief Gary Yew has launched an effort with the Virginia Department of Forestry to cut the risk of fires among Shenandoah County's many mountainous, heavily wooded subdivisions.

"A lot of times it can be a real challenge for us to protect these areas," Yew told the Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting.

"I don't need to tell you what a fire would do on a dry, windy day in the Bryce Resort area," Yew added.

In an interview after the meeting, Yew said the planning is "not so much dealing with the fire as to what can be done to reduce the threat of fires in the subdivisions."

He cited working with homeowners to create green space buffers around houses as one example of the kind of the project that could prevent a fire or hold it at bay long enough for firefighters to arrive.

He said the development of road networks and evacuation plans for subdivisions are other initiatives that may be worked into the planning.

Yew said the Department of Fire and Rescue and state officials have compiled a list of about 20 subdivisions that are deemed most at risk of fire.

Yew said the planning was begun several months ago.

The initiative involves no new costs to the county, only "the providing of staff time to work with the Department of Forestry," Yew said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.


Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.

Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Brad Fauber Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarification Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Election 2013 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Katie Demeria Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pet of the Week Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Progress 2014 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

2014 Virginia Press Association Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com