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Malvern is again participating in the Virginia Department of Forestry's "Firewise" program. The purpose of Firewise is to help reduce the risk of wildfire in communities like ours. The greatest cause of wildfire in Virginia is from open burning. You can reduce the threat of wildfire in Malvern by participating in the Firewise program.

Click to watch that fire can happen anywhere—even in Malvern! This short video shows the ease and speed at which a fire started on dry grass and leaves near our playground in 2015. Thankfully there were some observant and fast acting neighbors who stopped this from being a worse situation.
2017 Grant

Malvern received a $4,900 grant from Firewise Communities. It runs through June 2018. Any unused funds will be returned to the state. The funds will be used to pay for a professional tree crew to come into our community to chip large limbs, shrubs and smalls trees. The chipping day or days are yet to be selected and will posted on this page and at the mail box bulletin board as soon as they are determined.

  1. You must notify the Firewise Coordinator that you are participating in the program.
  2. You must keep a Firewise Activity Log of your "in-kind" work hours!
  3. See below for the log form and additional instructions, including how and where to place materials.

Important message about in-kind work hours: We need to report our volunteer work hours to help us pay 20% toward our share of the costs of the grant. Please make note of how much time you spend working on cutting or dragging branches, clearing brush, mowing, cleaning out gutters, picking up branches and sticks trimming bushes and trees etc. on your Firewise Log. Logs may be emailed to firewise@malvernofmadison.org as completed or at the end of the program.

Contact the Firewise Coordinator for information about this important program.

Email the Firewise Coordinator at firewise@malvernofmadison.org

Click for Log Form & Instructions

• Examples of Firewise in-kind projects for Malvern homeowners • Activity log example • Time and activity log form (Microsoft Word document) • Help on using Microsoft Word document

Click for more Firewise Information & Brochures

• Download brochure—"Be Firewise Around Your Home" • Download brochure—"Guide to Firewise Landscaping & Construction" • National Fire Protection Association Newsletter Website • Things to know if you get caught in a wildfire! • What is the Firewise program?

Click for history of Firewise in Malvern

In 2012, Malvern became a "Firewise" Community by participating in the Virginia Department of Forestry's wildfire prevention program. The Department of Forestry conducted a fire hazard/safety evaluation on Malvern. The primary purpose of the evaluation was to determine the level of risk to our homes and residents in the event of forest fire or natural disaster.

The Firewise rating system ranges from low to extreme risk; Malvern received a "Moderate Risk" rating. Individual lots may have higher or lower risk ratings of surviving a wildfire.

There are a number of things that we can do to lower our community wildfire risk. Did you know that open burning is the main cause of wildfire and that you can utilize the Madison Transfer Station during March and October's free drop off for yard debris instead of burning. Here are a few more tips taken from the Firewise.org web site:

•   Clear brush and limb up trees to 15' on the sides of the road to allow unencumbered access for fire trucks.
•   Move your firewood pile out of your home's defensible space (30' around your house).
•   Clean your roof and gutters of leaves and pine needles (best done in October).
•   Trim all tree branches if they overhang your house and from within 20' of all chimneys.
•   Trim all tree branches within the defensible space to 6'.
•   Remove trees along the driveway to make it 12' wide and 15' high.

Thanks to the Firewise program, our community received grants in 2012, 2013, & 2014-2015 & 2017-2018 to help us reduce our wildfire risk.

Malvern was renewed as a Firewise Community and received a $4,900 Grant for a June 2017 through June 2018 program.