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 USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses.  Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise communities taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire. 

Universal Firewise Activities

Learn more about what it means to build a robust fire adapted community as a Firewise Leader through the Universal Firewise Activities or at UFAs

As part of the Universal Firewise Activities, we encourage Firewise leaders to conduct an annual street assessment to help identify hazards within a neighborhood. This Zone Zero Assessment video will help you learn how to conduct an annual street assessment with your residents and focus on the most important zone, Zone Zero. 

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 six-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 Marin and the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!

The process is simple, and FIRESafe MARIN and the Firewise USA program will provide necessary educational materials, training, expertise, and assistance while allowing your neighborhood to take action and take responsibility!

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. 

Marin Firewise USA sites (updated February 2021)



The six steps of Firewise recognition:

  1. IJ Editoral Firewise TOON 021119Form a Firewise board or committee (representing at least 8, and no more than 2500 homes in your community).
  2. Conduct a wildfire risk assessment for your neighborhood or community.*
  3. Create an Action Plan.
  4. Conduct educational outreach in your neighborhood.
  5. Invest a minimum of only $25 per home in local wildfire risk-reduction actions for the year.
  6. Submit an application online - FIRESafe MARIN will help!



*The assessment is a written document outlining hazards and risk related to wildfires where you live.  This will be prepared by your Firewise committee in cooperation with your local fire department and FIRESafe MARIN.  You will create an action plan based on the assessment.  Examples are available on the recognition process page.

The Firewise USA program is co-sponsored by the NFPA, USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.  

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