What is Firewise?
Today, as more of us build in and live in the forests and rangelands of Washington, we become part of the ever-increasing landscape where the urban environment meets the wild.
Being a resident of the wildland/urban interface has lifestyle benefits, but also risks. Those of us who choose to live in or near a wildland environment have a higher associated risk and personal responsibility for the safety of our families as well as property, pets, and livestock.
Our actions can also contribute to the safety of fire and emergency personnel who work to protect our homes.
Firewise is a set of principles that involves understanding our wildland environment and taking concrete steps to make our home and surroundings more resilient and survivable.
Neighbors who want to work together to reduce their wildfire risk can join the growing network of more than 1300 recognized Firewise communities from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire. Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community - and you can too!
Find out how you can become a Firewise community.
The Firewise program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.
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