Community Wildfire Resilience Resources

The McDowell Community Wildfire Network is committed to collaborating with partners and community to perform and track wildfire mitigation activities to build wildfire resiliency in McDowell County.

This program is funded by the AIM grant program of Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc.

The AIM program is supported by a cooperative agreement with the USDA Forest Service. In accordance with federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free voice (866) 632-9992, TDD (800) 877-8339, or voice relay (866) 377-8642. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The NC Forest Service provides a wealth of knowledge for protecting your home from wildfire:

Fire Control and Prevention links

Resist Wildfire North Carolina website:

Homeowner and Community Resources

Fuels Removal Program

Helpful Links

Appalachian RC&D Fire Adapted Communities Coalition

In 2016, a group of RC&D’s aimed to expand the success of the Fire Adapted Communities concept up the Appalachian Mountain Chain from Georgia to Virginia to help reduce the risk of wildfire in communities in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) most of which border National forests. 

The Appalachian RC&D FAC Coalition is made up of 6 RC&D Councils in Georgia (1), North Carolina (4), and Virginia (1) along the Appalachian Chain. Their goal is to transform Appalachan mountain counties into fire-adapted communities by using the FAC Fire Learning Network methods where people educate their neighbors, family, and friends as to Fire Adapted principles and practices. The newly created Appalachian RC&D Coalition will serve as the mechanism to spread the FAC concept to communities at risk from wildfires in this area.

Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program

The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program is a process that empowers neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise Communities program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.

Mountain Valleys RC&D assists homeowners to become Firewise to help reduce wildfire fuel around homes, reduce their ignitability and create defensible space. We work with interested communities and the NC Forest Service to develop site-specific community assessments and action plans.

Here is a map of current Firewise Communities in the US.

A copy of a home assessment and some helpful tips can be viewed by clicking the link below.

To inquire about a Firewise Home Assessment for yourself and/or your community, contact us today!

Mountain Valleys RC&D Council

4388 US Hwy 25-70, Suite #3
Marshall, NC 28753

(828) 206-6159

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