Washington State second in nation with number of Firewise Communities

Wildfire can come awfully close to your home so become Firewise before it hits your community. Photo: DNR
Wildfire can come awfully close to your home so become Firewise before it hits your community.
Photo: DNR

In the last 11 years, Washington has enrolled 124 communities into the Firewise Communities USA Program. This makes us the second highest number in the nation. Arkansas is first with 131 communities.

The Firewise Communities USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.

In 2002, River Bluff Ranch in Spokane County was one of the pilot communities and among the first in the nation to be recognized as a Firewise Community.

Recently, Washington was notified that we are one of five ‘grand prize’ winners in the National Fire Protection Associations’ Firewise Challenge! Forest Ridge Community, near Wenatchee, was selected to receive a $5,000 prize to toward completing more fuel mitigation projects. (See the Official Rules for the criteria)

Help save your community from wildfire and become a Firewise Community.

Five easy steps to Firewise recognition

See the checklist for homeowners that offers tips to help save your home from wildfire.

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