Since the initial launch of the national Firewise Communities/USA program more than fifteen years ago, the number of recognized sites has grown from 12 pilot locations in 7 states, to now more than 1,300 active communities throughout 40 states. The program’s participants actively reduce their wildfire risks by completing annual requirements needed to maintain their national recognition status.
Achieving the 1,300 participating communities milestone is an accomplishment that could not have happened without the partner efforts of each Firewise state forestry liaison and their work to tirelessly grow the program with their district forestry staffs and local fire departments. The continuous outreach efforts to homeowners has resulted in major benefits to both residents and firefighters when wildfires happen.
The 1,300 participating communities represent more than 1.5 million residents with more than $35 million dollars invested during the past twelve months in risk reduction activities. Each participating community must complete a set of criteria to become a recognized site, and annually they must perform a subset of those to retain their active status. Learn how you and your neighbors can become a Firewise Community and start making where you live a safer place.