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Cumberland Cove

Cumberland CoveCumberland Cove is located on Middle Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau between Monterey and Crossville. This community is composed of approximately 450 full and part time residents. So far, about 250 homes have been constructed in this development. When completed, the community will have a total of 1700 homes.

A year ago, the community became concerned about their risk to wildfires due to the large number of pines in the development that had been killed due to the Southern Pine Beetle outbreak. The community also realized that it was lacking in fire protection, being located some distance from the nearest fire station.

Cumberland CoveCumberland Cove contacted the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, who provided the community with a National Fire Plan Grant to conduct a wildfire hazard risk assessment and develop community-based solutions to reduce local wildfire hazards. Dynamac Corporation, an environmental consulting firm, was contracted to conduct the assessment.

Cumberland CoveOne of Cumberland Cove's first tasks was to establish a community Firewise Board. The Board was given the responsibility for developing and approving a Firewise Community Action Plan. All of the actions are completely voluntary; residents are encouraged but not required to participate. The plan supports existing fuels reduction projects and recommends several new actions in anticipation of the hazard assessment results, including:

  • Sponsoring a wildfire hazard risk assessment.
  • Providing every homeowner with the results of that assessment, including recommendations for improvements.
  • Establishing a community wildfire prevention week whereby all residents will be encouraged to work at least 1 day on their identified problems. Make this an annual event.
  • Conducting a fuel cleanup day at three community parks.
  • Chipping or burning dead trees on road right of ways in cooperation with out Roads Committee.
  • Conducting 1 training session each year by the Division of Forestry for new residents in fighting wildfires. Course graduates will be added to our WILDFIRE RESPONDERS phone tree.
  • Conducting at least 1 fire drill each year for wildfire responders to test responses and equipment.