!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea56d214970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea56d214970d-320wi|alt=Executive Summary|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Executive Summary|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea56d214970d!For the year 2012, the number of recognized Firewise Communities/USA sites increased 23%, with 878 communities now actively engaged with the program. Recognized communities can now be found in 40 states and on two tribal nations. More than 1.4 million people live in recognized Firewise communities, and have invested $136 million dollars in local wildfire mitigation projects since 2003. Program retention rate stands at 80% over its 11-year history.
Learn more about the latest progress in the 2012 Firewise Communities/USA/Project report. It has been a wonderful year for the National Fire Protection Association in support of all the Firewise Communities/USA sites.  A big congratulations to all the folks throughout our nation who make this Federally supported outreach program a huge success.
To help continue this fantastic momentum participate in the 2013 Firewise Communities/USA recognition program challenge.