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Firewise Communities USA/Recognition Program

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Since 2002, The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1400 recognized Firewise communities from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

Using a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!

The following steps will get your community started and on their way to receiving their official Firewise Communities USA recognition status, and the honor of proudly displaying their own high-profile signage along with many other benefits.

The five steps of Firewise recognition

Apply now
Submit an application to become a Firewise Community. If you have any questions, contact NFPA or your State Firewise liaison.

Annual Firewise Community Renewals
All active program participants need to submit their annual 2017 renewal by no later than Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Number of active Firewise communities by state
See a list of all active communities, or reference our interactive map.

Download an infographic (PNG) about Firewise Communities in 2016.

2016 Firewise overview