In the last 11 years, Washington has enrolled 124 communities into the Firewise Communities USA Program. This makes us the second-highest number in the nation. Arkansas is first with 131 communities.
The Firewise Communities USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.
In 2002, River Bluff Ranch in Spokane County was one of the pilot communities and among the first in the nation to be recognized as a Firewise Community.
Recently, Washington was notified that we are one of five ‘grand prize’ winners in the National Fire Protection Associations’ Firewise Challenge! Forest Ridge Community, near Wenatchee, was selected to receive a $5,000 prize to toward completing more fuel mitigation projects.
Help save your community from wildfire and become a Firewise Community.
Five easy steps to Firewise recognition
- Obtain a wildfire risk assessment as a written document from your state forestry agency or fire department.
- Form a board or committee, and create an action plan based on the assessment.
- Conduct a “Firewise Day” event.
- Invest a minimum of $2 per capita in local Firewise actions for the year.
- Submit an application to your state Firewise liaison.
See the checklist for homeowners that offers tips to help save your home from wildfire.