The national Firewise USA recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.
Firewise communities are those that have taken appropriate measures to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage. An online Firewise Toolkit, including a Firewise tips checklist for homeowners, is available on the Firewise website.
Firewise techniques include minimizing the risk of home ignition by carefully landscaping around residential structures such as thinning trees and brush and choosing fire-resistant plants, selecting ignition-resistant building materials and positioning structures away from slopes.
In addition, communities that have earned the special distinction of being recognized under the Firewise USA Program have followed a systematic approach to organizing and implementing a Firewise mitigation plan in their neighborhood. Program criteria and additional information about the Program can be found on the Firewise website.
Any community that meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise Site.
HERITAGE RANCH OWNERS ASSOCIATION, led by our Emergency Services Committee, continues to meet this criteria and enhance the safety of the community. As a Firewise Community, our membership can enjoy a bit more comfort knowing efforts are being made to minimize potential wildfire hazards in and around their homes. Additionally, many homeowner insurance companies will recognize these efforts through improved coverage and lower premiums. Ask your insurance agent what benefits may be available to you for the efforts of our community.
Click the green button to the right, or below if on a mobile device, to download the current Firewise Community Certificate and to visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website for more information on how you can protect your home from wildfires.
**Information above was quoted from the NFPA website. Link to the right, or below if on mobile device.**