Firewise is a national program that emphasizes homeowner responsibility and community participation in wildfire home safety. It encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire. To save lives and property from wildfire, the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.
When adequately prepared, a house can withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of the fire service. In fact, a house and its surrounding community can be both Firewise and compatible with the area's ecosystem. The Firewise Communities/USA recognition program enables communities in all parts of the United States to achieve a high level of protection against wildland/urban interface fire as well as sustainable ecosystem balance. Firewise Communities/USA program provides residents of the wildland/urban interface with the knowledge and skill necessary to make it happen.
By addressing home construction, landscaping and preparedness, Firewise can make the difference. Find out how today by visiting firewise.org, or by calling Ashland Fire and Rescue and asking for more information about how to become Firewise.
Want to know more about your home and how well it is prepared for wildfire? Call Ali True at 541-552-2231 to schedule your free wildfire safety home assessment.
KSKQ 89.5 FM Ashland Firewise Public Service Announcements:
The links below offer some tools to assess your Firewise knowledge:FIREWISE hints
Preparing a Home for Wildfire Quiz
Video of how a FIREWISE home in Idaho survived a wildfire