With the same excitement and enthusiasm of a school principal eager to announce the names of students that have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments, NFPA’s Wildfire Division is thrilled to announce that nine of the inaugural twelve communities; the first to participate in the national Firewise Communities/USA program in 2002, have completed their fifteenth year of participation.
These communities were true pioneers, they recognized the importance of neighbors working together to reduce their wildfire risks and they paved the path for today’s more than 1,383 participating communities throughout the U.S. Over the past 15-years, the nine communities have collectively contributed more than $5.9 million in risk reduction activities; with more than 15,000 full and part residents living within their boundaries. Each works closely with their state forestry agency and local fire department to maximize efforts that increase their homes chances of surviving a wildfire.
We extend a rousing round of applause to each community in reaching this major milestone – our kudos to each for their achievements.
The communities include:
Timber Ridge, Prescott, AZ
Perry Park, Larkspur, CO
Genesee Foundation, Golden, CO
Wedgefield, Orlando, FL
Wilderness Ranch, Boise, ID
Greater Eastern Jemez WUI Corridor, Jemez Springs, NM
Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT
Sundance, Provo Canyon, UT
River Bluff Ranch, Spokane, WA