Firewise USA® Communities
In 2008, the board of directors of the Fire Safe Council Nevada County voted to change their mission to include promotion, development, and retention of formal Firewise USA® Communities in Nevada County.
Why? Scientific research has proven that when adequately prepared, a house has a better chance to withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of fire suppression services. And when firefighters do make a stand to save a home, Firewise USA® Communities provide a safer working environment to help make a nearly impossible job possible.
The goal is to encourage and acknowledge action that can minimize home loss to wildfire. It teaches you to prepare for a fire before it occurs. It teaches you to work together as a community to address wildfire. The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments, and residential associations of all types, but can work for any neighborhood where motivated homeowners band together to create a safer environment. As of January 25, 2023, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is Regional Coordinator for 87 Firewise USA® Communities in Nevada County, and 2 Firewise USA® Communities in Sierra County.
Briefly, being a Firewise USA® Community involves:
An excellent resource for communities is the Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities, which meets quarterly to share information, resources, and best practices for maintaining Firewise USA® Community recognition. Sign-up for email notifications of meetings. Extensive info can be found on their website https://www.nccoalitionfwc.com/
To learn more on how your neighborhood can become a Firewise Community, contact us or visit Firewise USA. If you are the Resident Leader for an existing Firewise USA® community and are tracking hours and dollars spent on projects, the portal for entering that information is here: https://portal.firewise.org/user/login
NOTE: Per Cal Fire, all 3-year Action Plans must now be submitted on the new template found here. Other formats will be rejected: CA_3-Year_Action-Plan_Template.docx
Recognized Firewise USA®Communities:
Firewise Communities "In-Training" - Currently Being Assessed:
The communities below have Maps and Assessments started, need Action Plans and/or to enter Mitigation Data on NFPA Portal:
Requesting to be Firewise Communities
The communities below are working on Map boundary and elements necessary to become a recognized NFPA Firewise USA(R) Community.
Are you in a Firewise USA® community? Use the interactive GIS map to find out.