At the California Fire Safe Council’s recent Wildfire Prevention Regional Conference, I met many Fire Safe Council members that also were recognized Firewise Communities/USA sites. These included Yankee Hill, Napa, Trinity County communities and Humboldt County communities. Participating in both programs has helped these communities become even more successful Fire Adapted Communities. Many communities have incorporated Ready, Set, Go! programming through their local fire jurisdiction as well.
One of the presentations shared at the conference was “Firesafe, Firewise and Fire Adapted!," by Katie Ziemann of the California Fire Safe Council and Phyllis Banducci with CAL FIRE. The presentation explained how Fire Safe Councils in California can also become nationally recognized Firewise Communities. Kate Ziemann shared about the Firewise Throw Down and the challenge to create 1,000 Firewise Communities by the end of 2013. Many communities were excited about this challenge and the opportunity to win a $5,000 award for contract work in the community.
For more information about how your community can take the steps to become a nationally recognized Firewise Community and participate in the challenge go to the Firewise website at www.firewise.orgPhoto Credit: Faith Berry. This photo shows Linda from the Lake County Firesafe Council and a member of the Yankee Hill Firewise Community/Firesafe Council proudly holding their Firewise Communities/USA sign.