A Firewise Community

 The Long Branch Lakes Firewise Committee  actively works to reduce the risk of wildfires in our community.


In the Summer of 2012 the Long Branch Lakes community residents met with Leon Konz, the area Firewise USA representative to learn about the Firewise program. Shortly after this meeting our Long Branch Lakes Firewise Committee was created.  

The committee’s goal was to establish Long Branch Lakes as a Firewise Community and address issues relating to high woodland fire hazard risks in the community and its surrounding area.  The Committee developed an Action Plan which included:  Completion of Home Assessments, development of a Firewise Library (currently located in our General Store), placement of reflective home number signs.

The Committee completed a community wildfire protection plan and on June 12, 2013 Long Branch Lakes (LBL) community earned national Firewise USA status from the Firewise Communities Program, administered by the National Fire Protection Association.

“Long Branch Lakes has set standards for itself…”

“Long Branch Lakes has set standards for itself in assuming responsibility for addressing potential wildfire safety concerns,” said Rick Merinar, District Forester with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. “We look forward to working with this community as it continues to grow and with other communities that may be interested in the Firewise Communities Program.”

Since 2013 LBL community members have completed thousands of Volunteer/In Kind Hours (hours spent keeping our homes and community safe from fires).

Due to the participation in our Firewise (FW) Program we have 3 Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Grants for a total of $50,000 which allowed us to purchase FW equipment.  This equipment has and continues to assists us with our Firewise efforts and Action Plan projects such as: 

Vegetation Clearing around our homes and throughout the community
Installation of 4 Dry Hydrants
Emergency Management Planning
Education & Training, etc.

Long Branch Lakes is a Firewise Community

On July 10, 2014 James Dale, Assistant District Forester set up a Long Branch Lakes Firewise Training which included the S-190 Course (Basic Concepts of Wildland Fire), Chainsaw & Chipper Training. We attended the classroom portion of the course at Fall Creek Falls Inn and the hands-on portion within LBL.

BURN PERMITS: Reminder to everyone that from October 15th through May 15th you must get a Burn Permit for any burns you want to have (there are times that the dates for Permits can change – notice will be sent out when needed).

 Call (931) 946-2401 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm Central Time for your burn permit or register online at http://burnsafetn.org any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Central Time.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING FIREWISE USA, go to Firewire USA at http://firewise.org there you will find lots of helpful information regarding how to keep your home safe such as a “Firewise Guide to Landscaping & Construction” brochure and much more.