On May 5th, the Buck Mountain Community, in Wilkes County, hosted a Wildfire Preparedness day/Firewise Fair. Over 50 people attended and learned how to reduce wildfire risk around their homes and community. Information packets were provided to all attendees and a cook-out followed the outdoor information session. The community and local fire and emergency personnel also simulated a mock emergency (UTV crash) and response. The event was extremely successful and Buck Mountain was presented with their new Firewise USA communities sign. As a result of the event, existing partnerships were strengthened and new partnerships were developed. Thanks to Buck Mountain, the North Carolina Forest Service, Champion Fire Department, Wilkes County Emergency Management, Wilkes County Sheriff's Department, Wilkes County EMS, and Wilkes County Soil & Water Conservation District for a very successful event!