It’s hard to believe that when our Firewise Challenge was launched back in January 2013 we’d receive such an overwhelming response. But here we are, one year later, with more than 1,000 communities on board, announcing the winners and beaming with pride!
Grand Prize Winners:
* Norphlet, Arkansas
* Orleans, Humboldt County, California
* Horizons at Barnegat, Ocean County, New Jersey
* Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, Pennsylvania
* Forest Ridge, Wenatchee, Washington
* Fern Creek, Creede, Colorado
* Sprucewold Community of Boothbay Harbor, Maine
* Rogue Valley Fire Prevention Cooperative, Ashland/Grants Pass, Oregon
* Cumberland Cove, Crossville, Tennessee
* River Ridge on the Shenandoah, Front Royal, Virginia
NFPA salutes all of the states and communities that participated in the Challenge
and worked on mitigation projects all throughout 2013. Whether your community is new to Firewise or you’ve renewed your recognition status, by participating in the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program, you have made neighborhoods all across the U.S. safer from wildfire. Thank you!
We also must give a HUGE shout out to our friends at State Farm®, the largest home insurer in the United States, who have so generously provided funding to the winning communities so that they may continue to work on mitigation projects well into 2014. Thanks to State Farm, the five top communities are receiving a grand prize of $5,000 each to be used for mitigation activities, including chipping of brush, removal of vegetative material, and similar activities that will reduce wildfire hazards. The five runners-up will receive a prize of $900 to use on safety gear, tools or mitigation projects.
State Farm, with its long history of proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions, has been a longtime supporter of Firewise concepts. NFPA is proud to partner with State Farm on this important campaign!
And don’t forget, all of our recognized Firewise communities are part of the Firewise family now and NFPA wants to celebrate this success with you. Join us online Saturday, March 1 for “A Salute to the National Firewise Family” Facebook event. Check out the website for details on how to join! We look forwarding to “seeing you”!
Congratulations, Firewise Challenge winners and to all of our Firewise communities! Let's keep up this great work and hit wildfires out of the park for good!