When it comes to your home, wildfires don't have to be disasters!
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management participates in NFPA's Firewise® Communities Program, a program that teaches people how to adapt to live with wildfire. As a homeowner, there are simple things you can do to reduce the risk of your property from wildfire.
The Firewise mission is to promote community-wide responsibility in the use of technology, policy, and practices that minimize the loss of life and property to wildland fire independent of firefighting efforts. For more information on the Firewise® Communities Program, go to the Firewise® Communities Program website.
Arizona's recognized Firewise Communities: Map List
How to Get Firewise® Community Recognition
Eight Steps to Arizona Firewise® Community Recognition:
- Contact your State or local District Firewise® Coordinator to start the process.
- Schedule a visit with your local District Firewise® Coordinator. Read Living with Wildfire booklet for good information on the home ignition zone.
- Form a Firewise® board or committee.
- Complete the community assessment or evaluation. Use the Assessment Form or equivalent. Ask your local fire department or Forestry and Fire Coordinator for assistance.
- Write a Firewise® Plan. Use the Firewise® Plan Template to help you get critical information in the plan.
- Implement solutions; conduct a Firewise® Day.
- Apply for Firewise® recognition through the state or District Firewise® Coordinator. Use the Firewise® Communities/USA Application form.
- Renew recognition status by December 31 on an annual basis. Use the Firewise® Communities/USA Renewal form.
Arizona communities seeking Firewise® recognition are required to complete an assessment and Firewise® Plan. These activities must be performed under the oversight of qualified individuals, as described below.
How to Become a Firewise® Assessor or Advisor
The Firewise® Assessor works with homeowners, homeowner associations, and the local fire department to complete Community and Home Assessments under the direct supervision of a qualified Firewise® Advisor (see below).
The Assessor must complete “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone”, or equivalent training such as Arizona State Forestry’s Firewise® Training. Contact the State Firewise Coordinator for more course information.
In addition to the above-listed duties, the Advisor also assists in Firewise® Plan development and recommends mitigation actions. The Advisor must have successfully completed the following:
- S-130 Firefighter training
- S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior training
- S-215 Fire Operations in the Urban Interface training
- S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior training
- "Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone" or equivalent training such as the Department of Forestry and Fire Management's Firewise® Training
- Experience in fire behavior observation in Arizona major fuel types (6 hours in each fuel type).
The Department of Forestry and Fire conducts free classes on how to perform Firewise® assessments and become a Firewise® Assessor. Contact the State Firewise® Coordinator to request a class in your neighborhood and check the calendar on Forestry and Fire's website for currently scheduled classes.