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March 20, 2014

Wildfire workshop offered to homeowners

JACKSONVILLE — Homeowners interested in learning how to protect their homes from wildfires will get the opportunity April 5, according to District Forester Jason Ellis.

Texas A&M Forest Service and the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Club will host a free workshop to educate residents on the importance of having homes ready in the event of a wildfire.

“Since the busy wildfire season of 2011, we've noticed more interest in home protection from wildfires,” Ellis said. “The intent of this workshop is to provide useful information to homeowners, especially those living in the wildland urban interface.”

The workshop will include an outdoor tour of the Firewise Demonstration Garden and cover a variety of topics including: East Texas wildfire history, Firewise landscaping, fire resistant plants, fuels reduction and wildfire preparedness.

The course is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., April 5, at the Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum, 1015 S.E. Loop 456, Jacksonville. It is located behind the Texas A&M Forest Service District office.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but space is limited to 60 participants. For more information or to register, contact Ellis at jellis@tfs.tamu.edu or at the Texas A&M Forest Service office at (903) 586-7545.

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