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Firewise Communities Are the Future of Mountain Living

Every year, devastating wildfires burn across the United States. At the same time, a growing number of people are living where wildfires are a real risk.

While these fires will continue to happen, there are things you can do to protect your home and neighborhood as well as your family’s safety. The Firewise USA® program is a certification process that you and your close-by neighbors complete. Here in fire country, your first step should be to sign up for a free Fire Risk Evaluation from the Sierra Resource Conservation District.

Firewise Communities in Action

Why Join a Firewise Community?

1. To partner with your neighbors in community brushing and chipping events
2. To help make you and your neighbors more resilient against wildfire
3. To strengthen a sense of community and goodwill amongst your neighbors
4. To learn how best to protect your home and neighborhood
5. To share resources and information about assistance programs
6. And... to qualify for discounts on Homeowners Insurance

A Detailed Look at how to Become a Firewise Community

How to Join a Firewise Community

In Partnership with Sierra Resource Conservation District, we have established and grown the first ever Firewise Community in Fresno County:

Miramonte/Pinehurst Firewise Community

It will soon be joined by future Firewise Communities:


Wonder Valley

Yokuts Valley

There are approximately 1,200-1,500 residents that belong to these communities!

Let us help you Join or Start one!

OTFSC Partnerships in Action

Volunteers gather in Miramonte to remove fire hazards from properties near KNP Complex Fire

Watch the ABC30 Video

8 Steps to Becoming A Firewise Community

1. Bring together landowners from at least 8 nearby properties
2. Form a committee and designate a leader
3. Create a boundary map
4. Arrange for a community risk assessment
5. Help your community create and maintain a 3-year action plan
6. Volunteer time or make a small investment towards your action plan
7. Host an educational outreach event
8. Keep records of community meetings, actions, donations and volunteer time through the portal

9. Submit portal contributions to the NFPA every November to stay a recognized Firewise Community.

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