Firewise Communities USA
In 2008, the board of directors of the Fire Safe Council of 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.
Briefly, being a Firewise USA® Community involves:
An excellent resource for communities is the Nevada County Coalition of Firewise Communities, which meets monthly to share information, resources, and best practices for maintaining Firewise USA® Community recognition.
To learn more on how your neighborhood can become a FireWise Community, contact us or visit Firewise USA. If you are the coordinator for a community that has already been recognized and are tracking hours and dollars spent on projects, the portal for entering that information is here: https://portal.firewise.org/user/login
Recognized Firewise USA®Communities:
Firewise Communities Currently Being Assessed:
The communities below are considered currently being assessed, or assessment is pending.
Firewise Communities "In-Training"
The communities below are considered "in training" and working on the elements necessary to become a certified NFPA Firewise Community.
Are you in a Firewise USA® community? Use the interactive GIS map to find out.