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Wynward Pointe

Wynward PointeLocated on the east side of Lake Keowee, beside Keowee Key Golf Course and Country Club, Wynward Pointe, in Salem, South Carolina, features three separate communities built around three coves on the lake. The communities have 117 home sites, of which 100 are waterfront lots offering spectacular views of the emerald green lake, the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. The large sites are mostly hardwoods with gentle slopes to the lake.

The spectacular South Carolina climate, Lake Keowee and the proximity of the mountains provide unlimited outdoor recreational activity. The residents of Wynward Pointe enjoy a resort community lifestyle, but also contribute their talents and time supporting the local area through numerous charitable organizations, civic clubs, and volunteer groups. 

Wynward PointeLake Keowee covers Keowee Town, site of the capital of the Lower Cherokee Nation. Keowee, meaning "Place of the Mulberries," was visited by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto in 1540. Since 1971, Lake Keowee with its18,500 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline has been a valuable source of energy and recreation in northwestern South Carolina. The lake is fed by three fresh water mountain streams and is owned and managed by Duke Power Company.

In 2004, the Keowee Key Fire Department approached several Keowee Lake homeowner associations to talk about the risk of wildfires in the area. The communities around Lake Keowee were known to be at risk of wildfire damage due to the close proximity of homes, undeveloped lots and forestlands. Following the fire department presentation, Wynward Pointe quickly established a Firewise Committee to help the community achieve Firewise Community status.

In the spring of 2005, dry and windy conditions led to the destruction of two local lakeside homes---one in the community of Emerald Point and another in the Beacon Shores subdivision. Both subdivisions are within a few miles of Wynward Pointe. In both cases, careless, unattended, intentionally started brush fires got out of control and led to disaster. It was only the quick action from the Keowee Fire Department that prevented these two fires from becoming major brush wildfires. The fires were fed by the heavily wooded terrain, substantial underbrush and dry conditions. 

Residents of Wynward Pointe recognized that conditions similar to those of the above two fires existed in our community. The Firewise Committee effort to make Wynward Pointe a Firewise Community, begun in 2004, moved into high gear following these two fires. Wynward Pointe in conjunction with the Keowee Key Fire Department and the SC Forestry Department has worked hard over the past 2 years to become a Firewise Community. Work has included:

  • An active Firewise Committee that has met over the past three years
  • Development of a community wide plan to understand potential of wildfires
  • A workshop on “Making Your Home a Firewise Home” held at an HOA meeting in 2005
  • A “Living on the Edge” community leader workshop conducted by Keowee Fire Department
  • Community wide Firewise education programs held at semi-annual homeowner association meetings in 2005, 2006 and 2007
  • Several community clean-up periods to remove brush, leaves, bushes, and trees from the property
  • In August 2007, submission of Firewise Application and associated material

In addition, the community has also taken advantage of several programs offered by the Keowee Fire Department:

  • Home pre-fire assessment and documentation
  • Fire extinguisher purchase, testing and refill
  • Lockbox program that allows rapid access to your home should a fire develop when you are not at home 

Wynward PointeOn December 12, 2007, Wynward Point was recognized as the third community in South Carolina to achieve Firewise Community/USA status.

Wynward Pointe is currently reviewing its architectural control guidelines and will add suggested Firewise construction and landscaping modifications to all new home construction and existing homes. Additionally new residents are provided an information package that includes information on Firewise Communities and how to have a Firewise home.

The Firewise Committee of Wynward Pointe intends to:

Keep Firewise principles in the forefront by continuing to raise the awareness of the risk of wildfires in our area, and Continue to educate new and existing residents on how to reduce the wildfire hazard that exists around them

For more information on Wynward Pointe and Lake Keowee, please visit our web site at: www.wynwardpointe.org