Key Topics and FAQs

The Fire Adapted Community uses tools, supported by federal and state agencies, to prepare its homes, neighborhoods, businesses, infrastructure, natural areas, and surrounding landscape for wildfire but it’s up to you and your local jurisdiction to take the necessary actions. At a minimum, your community's fire adapted actions should include the following plans and programs.

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a collaborative plan created by the fire department, state and local forestry staff, land managers, community leaders, and the public. The planning process maps values at risk, including neighborhoods, infrastructure, and natural areas vulnerable to wildfire then takes action to reduce risk, such as prescribed burning, Firewise, or other measures that adapt a community to fire.

Firewise Communities/USA provides steps for homeowners to take on their property to create defensible space, reduce wildfire threat to their homes and neighborhoods. Once the neighborhood has met specific criteria, they can apply for national Firewise recognition.

Ready, Set, Go! engages local fire departments who deliver the fire adapted communities message using Firewise, wildfire situational awareness, and safe evacuation planning and execution. The program educates both the public and fire departments in preparing a community for wildfire.

Other important concepts to address in your community:

  • Fuel Treatments on public and private lands
  • Exterior Fuel Buffers
  • Internal Safety Zones in case evacuation is not possible
  • Codes & Ordinances
  • Fire Department Training
  • Cooperative Fire Agreements
  • Prevention Education