Community Wildfire Programs

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Firewise 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.

To inquire about the Firewise USA program for your community,

contact us today!

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.

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

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

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

The McDowell Community Wildfire Network 

Mitigation Cost-Share Assistance

Available in 8-WNC Counties

Mountain Valleys RC&D now offers wildfire mitigation cost-share assistance for residents within our 8-county region: Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, McDowell, Polk, Transylvania, Cleveland, & Rutherford Counties! 

Fall wildfire season is coming up here in Western North Carolina - when the leaves drop and dead vegetation begins to pile up. Our mitigation cost-share program can help you prepare your home and property! Mountain Valleys can offer a 40% reimbursement for mitigation work that is hired out or costs of equipment rental to reduce wildfire risk within 100 feet of your home (HOAs and community groups are eligible to apply). Examples of mitigation work include: 

  • Tree and brush thinning

  • Removing dead vegetation (leaves, branches, trees)

  • Pruning branches (overhanging house and 6-10 feet off the ground)

  • Cleaning gutters

Act fast as this cost-share reimbursement is offered until funds run out! Total project cost is capped at $2,000. Please contact me for more information or to apply.