How to Prepare

Firewise USA Overview

Firewise USA is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighborhoods of all different sizes become organized, find direction, and take action to become more adaptive to wildfire by increasing the ignition resistance of their homes and community.

The Santa Barbara Fire Safe Council can help your community achieve Firewise recognition. 

Firewise USA® is a free program run by the National Fire Protection Association that provides a collaborative framework for communities to get organized, identify their wildfire risks, and work together to create a plan to mitigate those risks. Communities and residents participate in the program on a voluntary basis.

 

Firewise USA is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighborhoods of all different sizes become organized, find direction, and take action to become more adaptive to wildfire by increasing the ignition resistance of their homes and community.

This framework encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by inviting homeowners to take individual responsibility for preparing their homes, their community, and their families for the next wildfire. Through a simple process, communities develop an action plan that guides their communities risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a community that is more adaptive to wildfire. The Firewise program and the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council (SBCFSC) can help provide the necessary educational material, training, expertise, and assistance to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action and responsibility to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent community losses. 

Scientific research has proven the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities because how a homeowner manages their house and their vegetation affects their neighbor’s wildfire risk. A community level effort to reduce wildfire risk is essential to protect individual homes and promote resident safety and Firewise provides this collaborative community framework.

Join the network of over 1,500 recognized Firewise communities across the nation who are already taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes, as well as their neighbors, against the threat of wildfire. Click HERE learn how to become a Firewise community. 

 

Check to see if you already live in a Firewise community. 

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