In light of the five-year anniversary of the 2007 fires in California, it is great to see communities in the southern half of the state organizing themselves in collaboration with their authorities having jurisdiction, to gain national recognition as Firewise communities! What a pleasant surprise it was to meet one of California's newest Firewise communities, Orange County’s, The Canyons, at a Wild Land Fire Prevention Conference sponsored by the California Fire Safe Council and an insurance company. They were eager to share their Firewise story. They are already working on overlapping ignition zones in their community, the road frontage on everyone's private property. Sonja Powell, the Orange County Assistant Fire Marshal who assisted them, is happy to see the great progress that they have made in one year already! And stay tuned! Another Firewise community, Cowan Heights, has just turned in their application!
Want more information about how your community can become an official recognized Firewise site? Check out our website and our newest Firewise toolkit, where you can find facts about the Firewise Communities Program, checklists for homeowners and so much more!