Are you interested in helping protect your community from the risk of catastrophic wildfire? Firewise Communities/USA may be for you!
The Firewise Communities/USA program is a resource for communities, tribes, fire departments and organizations who are working toward a common goal: to reduce loss of lives, property, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities compatible with their natural surroundings. It is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers and others before a fire starts. The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning safer communities and effective emergency response, as well as individual responsibility for safer home construction, design, landscaping, and maintenance. Firewise Communities USA focuses fire prevention efforts where homeowners can make a difference: in their own yards.
The program is simple, and community-driven. Interested communities:
Form a Firewise board to steer the community’s efforts,
Enlist the help of a wildland-urban interface specialist to complete a community assessment,
Create a plan with achievable solutions to concerns identified during the assessment,
Hold an annual Firewise Day dedicated to a local Firewise project, and
Invest at least $2/capita annually in local Firewise projects. (This investment can be met through donations, grants and volunteer and equipment time.....and all the money invested stays within the community!)
The community can renew their recognition status annually by completing the items above and filling out a short online form.
Help your community to make a difference in wildfire preparedness now. Contact Oregon’s Firewise State Liaison for more information on how to get started.
Protection From Fire Program
For more information about the national Firewise program: