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Firewise Communities USA/Recognition Program

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

Firewise Communities

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.   

Using 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

Apply now

Submit an application to become a Firewise Community. If you have any questions, contact NFPA or your State Firewise liaison.

Already a Firewise Community? 

Renew your recognition status online or use this form.

Number of active Firewise communities by state

See a list of all active communities, or reference our interactive map.


Jim Pauley thanks Firewise community residents for their dedication to wildfire safety