2022 Chipping

**UPDATE: 2 OCT** Due to the weather forecast, the BRMCA and Jackson Hollow Land Services are moving the brush chipping event at the clubhouse lower lot from October 2nd to October 15th, from 8am to noon. 

Hi neighbors. Similar to previous years, the BRMCA applied for and received a Firewise grant from the VA Department of Forestry. The VADF now has a three year grant cycle. Last year was considered Year 1, which entails a $5K grant. This is Year 2, which comes with a $2.5K grant. No grant funds are provided during Year 3, after which the cycle starts again.

Similar to previous years, we are going to use our Year 2 grant funds to chip brush. This will help reduce the combustible fuel that accumulates around our houses and sheds.

The funding amount will allow us to provide chipping services at roughly ten residences, along with a chipping event for those who can transport their brush to the lower lot at the intersection of Mountain and Ridge.

See attached flyer for information. Please reach out to board with any questions and, if you’re interested in chipping services this September, please register through our website at www.brmca.net/chipper-request/

Chipping Service

Neighbors, we successfully completed another round of brush chipping, funded by a Virginia Dept of Forestry Firewise grant. We have a resident who participated this year; is continuing to collect brush; and would like to hire our chipping contractor – Jackson Hollow Land Services – to chip additional brush. We are trying to reach at least five interested residents to make mobilization worthwhile for Jackson Hollow. Please let us know if you are interested in brush chipping this year. Cost will be $275 per house, payable directly to Jackson Hollow (the BRMCA can help coordinate). The BRMCA will apply for another Firewise grant next year. If awarded, we will perform brush chipping for another 20+ residences late summer / early fall 2022.

Fire Prevention Week 2020

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

Fire Prevention Week 2020
October 4th – 10th

The Prince William County Fire & Rescue System is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”  The campaign, which runs October 4th – 10th, educates the public about cooking hazards and how one can take small, yet important actions to prevent cooking-related fires — the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

NFPA states that, in 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home structure fires due to cooking, that’s an average of 470 home cooking fires per day with Thanksgiving and Christmas as peak days for home cooking fires. These types of fires resulted in 550 deaths, 4,820 injuries and over $1 billion in property damage. The leading cause of kitchen fires, in which individuals sustain injuries or worse, is unattended cooking.

Chief Tim Keen of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System states, “Some of our fondest memories are times spent in the kitchen, with family and friends, while preparing a delicious meal. Yet, when cooking, we must always be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, by taking the necessary precautions in preventing home fires and home fire injuries.”

Due to COVID-19, the Prince William County Fire & Rescue System will host virtual Open Houses of our various fire stations, beginning Sunday, October 4th through Saturday, October 10th, in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”. Please visit our Facebook page to view the virtual tours.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and general fire and life safety prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association www.fpw.org, www.nfpa.org, and the U.S. Fire Administration www.usfa.fema.gov.