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 1, 2024, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is Regional Coordinator for 96 Firewise USA® Communities in Nevada County, 2 Firewise USA® Communities in Sierra County, and is assisting 9 Firewise USA® Communities in Placer County within the Truckee Fire District.
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/
If you reside or have a home in Nevada County's Eastern region of Tahoe-Truckee and within the Truckee Fire District, Your Firewise USA(R) Regional Coordinator is Jason Hajduk-Dorworth and can be reached at Jason@AreYouFireSafe.com. Plus, a Firewise Coalition focused on your unique needs, seasons and issues has formed. Please contact Jason or Darin Bue of Floriston Firewise at email@example.com for more information and meeting dates.
To learn more on how your neighborhood can become a Firewise Community, contact us or visit https://www.nfpa.org/ menu topic Education and Research > Wildfire > Firewise USA(R). 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
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_3Year_Action_Plan.docx
Is your Firewise Community updating your Risk Assessment this year? Soon, NFPA will have a new video with guidance at Risk Assessment Tutorial (Please return later - their website is being updated) Email Pat Leach - FWC@AreYouFireSafe.com - for assistance when you are ready to start.
See current map of recognized Firewise USA(R) communities in Nevada County here: 1_CountyWideFWCMap_34x44P_2023_E.png
Please understand this program is growing rapidly and there may be a delay in showing all Recognized Firewise communities.
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.