In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing 2014 highlights from the Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program. We applaud the dedication of the communities across the United States who prepare for wildfire and the focus they bring to preparedness.
Last year, 165 new communities achieved Firewise recognition from 25 different states. The combined volunteer and project work in 2014 for just these new communities to Firewise accounted for over $1.75 million in local preparedness, education and mitigation efforts.
With 27 new communities, Colorado saw the strongest growth in 2014. I asked Courtney Peterson, Wildfire Mitigation Education Coordinator and the State Firewise Liaison with the Colorado State Forest Service, what the value of Firewise is to the state.
Courtney shared with me that, “the Firewise Communities/USA® program is an excellent tool for bringing Colorado communities together. The program enables communities to take ownership in preparing their homes against the threat of wildfire while establishing networks and relationships with local partners.”
In addition to the top 5 growth states, we are equally impressed with the work of all of the new recognized communities, especially where that 1 community rose to the challenge and is now making a difference.