Neighbors in more than 90 properties have signed up for a variety of options, including home fire-risk assessments, training to be a volunteer home assessor, participating in the common area cleanup work, and asking for help with limbing, trimming and chipping. All of this work will help make our community more “Firewise,” so thank you to those who are pitching in! Firewise welcomes questions about the projects and looks forward to more requests for Firewise assessments or any of our other projects. Please email Firewise directly: Firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com.
Firewise News from the Summer of 2022:
WILDFIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS: We had more than 60 requests for home assessments, which began in June. As of October, over 55 assessments have been completed. If you haven’t yet scheduled yours, please contact Firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com. Fall, winter and are great times to get started on your hardening your home in advance of next year’s fire season. While it’s great to have homeowners present during the short one hour assessment, it’s not a requirement. Second-home owners are also encouraged to have an assessment conducted. You’ll receive a thorough written report, complete with photos, with recommendations on how to make your valuable investment less prone to wildfire.
VOLUNTEER FIREWISE ASSESSORS: A dozen of your Tollgate neighbors have been trained as volunteer Firewise Assessors and are ready to help identify areas of your property that could be made safer in the event of a wildfire.
COMMON AREA CLEAN-UP: The Tollgate dump trailer is available to use to clean up the pine cone, needle and seedling buildup on the common area. The Tollgate maintenance staff will deliver, pick up and dump the contents of the trailer at no charge to you. Click on this link to sign up for the Dump Trailer.
TRIMMING, LIMBING AND CHIPPING (TLC): Firewise had over 20 requests for this work, which was paid for by a grant secured by the Firewise committee for TPOA. The work was completed in July and August 2022 by 4 Brothers Tree Service, which has extensive experience here in Tollgate. The crews took care of all the work, including hauling the debris and running the chipper.
HELPFUL HINTS AND TIPS: A bounty of useful information on how to make our homes more fire-resistant, take care of pets, plan for evacuations, etc., is available throughout this TPOA website. You’ll also find some background information on Firewise under the Fire Safety tab, so please check it out.
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME: We always need a few more volunteers to help pull all this off! Please let us know if you can help with organizing or anything at all! Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back in touch right away. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we get all this important work underway for our community!