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Connestee Falls Designated As A Firewise Community


October 14, 2019

In front of the Connestee Falls sign are Jim Whitmore, Connestee Falls general manager; Jessica Hocz, Mountain Valleys RC&D; James McJunkin, assistant Transylvania County ranger; Jim Thompson and Brent Ziegler, Connestee Falls Firewise Committee; Spencer Brown, Connestee Falls maintenance director; and Ken McJunkin, Connestee Fire Rescue. (Courtesy photo)

On Oct. 3, Justin McQuery of the N.C. Forest Service presented Jim Whitmore, general manager of the Connestee Falls Property Owners Association, with signs and a plaque designating it as a Firewise participating community.

The Firewise USA program, under the auspices of the National Fire Prevention Association, assists homeowners in reducing the impact of wildfires. Connestee Falls joins more than 1,400 sites nationwide. It is one of 34 sites in North Carolina, including Waterford Place and Pisgah Forest Farms in Transylvania County.

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