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Caldera Springs: Leading the Way as a Firewise-Certified Community

Published on October 15, 2023

As the Pacific Northwest’s premier haven for year-round adventurers, Caldera Springs is also a beacon of environmental stewardship and preparedness. In a region where nature’s beauty occasionally meets its challenges, Caldera Springs has proudly carried the title of a Firewise Community for more than 16 years. This notable designation is given to communities that have taken proactive steps to reduce the risk of wildfire damage and is based on the understanding that the natural environment and homes can coexist if the right preventive measures are taken. Here’s everything you need to know about what Firewise means and how you can make an impact.

A Legacy of Firewise Excellence

Caldera Springs earned its distinction as a Firewise Community by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) when it first opened its doors in 2007. In fact, it’s one of the pioneering communities in Deschutes County to achieve this prestigious designation. Since then, reducing the risk of wildfires has remained a top priority for our community. “The safety and well-being of our residents have always been paramount,” says Carol Scherman, President of the Caldera Springs Owners Association (CSOA). “Our commitment to being a Firewise Community is a testament to our dedication to safeguarding both our residents and this remarkable environment we call home.”

A United Front Against Wildfires

Caldera Springs doesn’t face the challenge of wildfire preparedness alone. The community is an active member of Project Wildfire and maintains a close partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry, collaborating on wildfire risk assessments and action planning. Together, we work tirelessly to enhance the community’s resilience and preparedness.

One significant initiative undertaken by CSOA is the annual allocation of funds for the removal of ladder fuels. 

This comprehensive approach includes limbing trees, manual brush removal, mowing grasses, and tree thinning — all crucial steps in reducing the risk of wildfires spreading within the community. To get a glimpse of these efforts in action, head out and explore the Wildlife Forest Preserve, where recently cleared sections demonstrate our unwavering commitment to safety.

Education and Community Engagement

At Caldera Springs, we engage the entire community in our commitment to being Firewise. Every year, the community hosts Firewise education events and community-wide clean-up days, fostering a spirit of unity and responsibility among its residents.

To get the community involved, CSOA is providing owners with Ponderosa seedlings for the month of November to be planted either in their yard or in the community common area. The Ponderosa pine is considered the most fire-resistant conifer in the west. Seedlings can be picked up at the CSOA office beginning November 1.

A Collective Effort for Landscape Resiliency

We recognize that wildfire preparedness extends beyond our gates. In support of this, Caldera Springs welcomes the Landscape Resiliency Program, established through Senate Bill 762, Section 18 (2021). This initiative aims to enhance forest restoration and resiliency, reduce wildfire risk, and protect communities and infrastructure. Ladder fuel reduction and wildlife habitat improvement projects are among the key focus areas of this program, aligning perfectly with our vision for a safer, more resilient environment.

Investing in Peace of Mind

Our Firewise Community designation demonstrates a higher level of safety and a  commitment to protecting our residents and their investments. In a region where wildfire concerns may cause doubt, choosing Caldera Springs means investing in more than just a property; it’s investing in a community that prioritizes your family’s well-being. 

To learn more about our Firewise Community designation or inquire about real estate opportunities, contact our sales team at sales@calderasprings.com or call 541.593.3000.

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