The Tollgate Firewise program, originally established in 2013, was recently e-ignited. In 2021, the board of the Tollgate Property Owners Association formally approved the creation of a Firewise Committee and agreed to support its work. Christina Maier chairs the committee, and Board member Bob MacKenzie serves as the committee’s liaison to the Board. Additional members are Chris Laing, Joan Hardie, Audrey Holocher, Kim Ryan and Carolyn Dahlberg.

The committee would like to extend our deepest thanks to founding member and chair, Jane Killefer for her efforts in establishing and leading Tollgates’ Firewise Committee for the past 3 years. She will be sorely missed.

We are highly motivated to learn more about fire protection, share what we learn, inspire individual homeowner action, and work collaboratively to prepare our neighborhood from future fires. Fire is inevitable; the loss of our homes and property, not to mention our lives, is not. Together we can mitigate the danger. Let’s do it!

OUR MISSION:  Mitigate fire risk and promote the common good.

OUR VISION: Neighbors living in a Firewise culture of goodwill and active involvement to protect our community from wildfire.

OUR VALUES: National Firewise principles are promoted and followed in our community; our volunteers are expertly trained and trustworthy; our work is accomplished collaboratively with the Tollgate Property Owners Association homeowners, board of directors, and staff.

What has your Firewise Committee accomplished in 2023? Download a PDF of our annual report to find out.

2024 FIrewise Committee Quarterly Reports:
Q1- February 6, 2024

Our Firewise Committee is organized into four distinct focus areas: 

Events:

Firewise Rallies are held in May each year and feature films, kid’s activities, food, and information booths staffed by local home insurance agents and vendors who specialize in fire mitigation products and services. Interested homeowners also can register to participate in clean-up days and fire risk assessments. Stay tuned for information on this annual event. You’ll also see us at the annual TPOA homeowner’s meeting and picnic each August.

Education:

As we learn how to protect our homes, we will share that information with you via email and this TPOA website. We will rely heavily on the excellent resources provided by the National Fire Protection Association, and highly recommend you spend some time on that site. Highlights can be found on the Fire Safety section of the the TPOA website. It is amazing what can be done to mitigate the danger of fire while preserving the wooded nature of our beautiful neighborhood.

Assessment:

Our goal is to encourage homeowners to have their property evaluated for fire risk. These assessments can provide guidance for individual fire mitigation strategies at the homeowner’s discretion, potentially with assistance from grants secured by the Firewise Committee. If you’re interested in getting trained as a volunteer assessor or to request a wildfire risk assessment on your property by our own Tollgate Firewise Assessors, email us at firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com or fill out the Request a Fire Risk Assessment online form.

Outreach:

We will represent and advocate for the fire safety interests of Tollgate with adjacent property owners, agencies, grantors.

Interested in volunteering? We have an ongoing need for volunteers for each of these focus areas. Please reach out through firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com

We strive to keep the TPOA website updated with current Firewise information (that’s what you are reading now!). Questions and comments can be directed to us at firewise@tollgatepropertyowners.com or leave a voicemail at 541-904-0663. We also encourage you to join our Firewise in Tollgate Facebook group.