Firewise Community


NFPA Firewise USA

NFPA's Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.  Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise USA® sites from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire. 

Preparing homes for wildfire

 Research tells us that the majority of homes ignite during a wildfire as a result of embers or small flames. There are steps that homeowners can take to reduce the risk, with the most important efforts occurring on and immediately around the home. Learn what actions you can take to reduce your risk of loss.

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Ready, Set, GO!

Fire Adapted Community

Ready, Set, Go!  is a nationwide program managed by International Association of Fire Chiefs and endorsed by the USDA Forest Service and other federal agencies . The program delivers a three step process that teaches homeowners to create their own action plan of preparedness, have situational awareness and leave early in the event of a fire. This process significantly increases the safety of residents and increases the safety of emergency responders.

  • READY – Be ready. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the treat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create a defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Create your Personal Wildland Fire Action Plan: 

                                1) Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. 

                                2) Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan

                                      of action and practice it regularly.

  • SET – Situational awareness. Pack your emergency items. Know how to receive and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, your local fire department, and public safety.
  • GO – Act early! Follow your personal Wildland Fire Action Plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire..

For more tips on what to do when wildfire is approaching and how to safely evacuate, visit the Ready, Set, Go! website at  


Be Prepared with RSG!