Firewise USA Recognition Program

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FIRESafe MARIN can help your community achieve FIREWISE recognition!  Some insurance companies now offer substantial discounts to homeowners in recognized FIREWISE Communities.  Contact FIRESafe MARIN for details.

The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Join the growing network of more than 1,028 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.   

Scientific research has shown the effectiveness and benefits of implementing wildfire mitigation concepts across individual property boundaries and throughout communities.

Marin firewise neighborhood chipper dayUsing a five-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!

The following steps will get your community started and on their way to receiving their official Firewise Communities USA recognition status, and the honor of proudly displaying their own high-profile signage along with many other benefits. 

The five steps of Firewise recognition:
  1. Obtain a wildfire risk assessment as a written document from your state forestry agency or fire department.
  2. Form a board or committee, and create an action plan based on the assessment.
  3. Conduct a “Firewise Day” event.
  4. Invest a minimum of $2 per capita in local Firewise actions for the year.
  5. Submit an application to your state Firewise liaison.

Sleepy Hollow (San Anselmo)

Sleepy Hollow, a 1610 acre unincorporated development near San Anselmo, was accredited as a Firewise Community for 2016, in recognition of specific activities and projects related to hazardous vegetation removal, community events and training, and long-term planning and preparedness goals that will dramatically reduce the risk of wildfire for all residents and visitors to Sleepy Hollow.  Firewise Communities may receive specific benefits, such as discounts on homeowners insurance for residents, and access to grant funding opportunities for future hazard reduction projects.

As part of their commitment to Firewise principles, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District developed a comprehensive assessment of the wildfire risk and hazard in their community.  

Learn more at


wildfire hazard assessment coverSHFPD has adopted a comprehensive Wildfire Hazard and Wildland Urban Interface Area Assessment and Report.  The document is now available for download, below.


Highlights include:  Comprehensive Risk and Hazard Assessment, Wildfire Preparedness and Planning, Public Education, Evacuation Preparation, Vegetation Management and Reducing Structural Ignitability. 

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