Wildfire Preparedness Resources
NC State Extension developed this publication that summarizes basic guidelines for creating and maintaining a fire-resistant landscape around your home.. The guide identifies plant species native to North Carolina with flammability ratings for use in landscaping and maintenance decisions.
This guide from the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition is designed to help leaders, planners, emergency professionals, and citizens learn the best approaches and programs to help their community become more fire adapted.
This guide, developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, was created for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. It takes into account regional building styles and construction materials, common topographical characteristics and weather patterns, and other risk factors identified by fire science research.
CWPPs are strategic plans developed by fire districts to guide wildfire mitigation and facilitate fire adapted communities based on specific community needs.
Developed by the Southern Group of State Foresters, the goal of the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal project is to provide a consistent, comparable set of scientific results to be used as a foundation for wildfire mitigation and prevention planning in the Southern states.
A map showing today's expected fire danger across North Carolina.
This web viewer provides current information on North Carolina’s reported and active wildfires. Wildfires that are controlled or out are not shown.
Our tool cache enables you and your community to accomplish mitigation goals without purchasing any tools. We have hand tools such as loppers, rakes, hand saws, wheelbarrows, pole saws, leaf blowers with gutter attachments, and more. These are available to residents and communities to use free of charge.
The intent of the Fuels Removal Program is to reduce wildfire risk by providing a roadside debris removal service. This is a free service to communities / homeowners within North Carolina. Applications are due in January.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks on the first Saturday of May. State Farm provides a $500 community grant for project work. Applications are due in February.
The Community Wildfire Defense Grant helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy: restore and maintain landscapes, create fire adapted communities, and improve wildfire response. Project types include development and revision of CWPPs and implementation of projects in a CWPP. Grants are only for eligible projects developed by communities, Tribes, states, and non-profits.
Discussing the role and history of fire in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, Pisgah National Forest, and Linville Gorge.
Fire University is a science-based podcast covering the latest research in fire ecology and how it relates to management of wildlife and plant communities. This podcast is part of a larger podcast network: Natural Resources University, funded by the Renewable Resources Extension Act.
Videos on defensible space and wildfire mitigation:
"Roofs and Gutters - Episode 1" mitigation video (2 min)
"Your home can survive a wildfire" video (14 min)
"Safer from the Start: Developing a Firewise Community" video (18 min)
"Firewise Wildfire Mitigation in WNC Mountains" video (22 min)
Fire can be used as a land management tool to restore native landscapes. Learn how a prescribed burn is conducted, why burns are beneficial to the ecosystem, and who to contact to use this resource.
Laurel Kays' presentation focuses on North Carolina and how our fire history and human history are fundamentally linked.
Other oRGANIZATIONS Supporting Community fire adaptation
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 NC Forest Service's primary purpose is to protect, manage and develop the forest resources of the state. Programs include reforestation services, forest fire prevention and suppression, and insect and disease control.
A community-based organization focused on increasing access to prescribed fire on private lands to benefit the Southern Blue Ridge mountains. Members of the Southern Blue Ridge Prescribed Burn Association include anyone interested in supporting the conservation effort: private forest landowners, natural resource professionals, students, and the public.
CAFMS is one of 15 Fire Science Exchanges supported by the Joint Fire Science Program. Their goal is to connect fire managers and scientists throughout the Appalachian by promoting communication and collaboration through workshops, virtual meetings and presentations, plain-language research summaries, publications, social media, and individual meetings with CAFMS members.
The Guild focuses on a more ecological approach to forest management through outreach, education, training, and research to empower land managers and landowners.
An online resource for southeastern Cohesive Fire Strategy information and news and to provide tools and resources to professionals and the public that can increase landscape resiliency, protect communities and ensure a safe, effective and risk-based fire response.
The national Firewise USA® recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is a national campaign that encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks.
It is held in the United States and Canada on the first Saturday in May.
Wildfire Risk to Communities is a free, easy-to-use website with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk.
A resource hub for wildfire adaptation. Learn about fire adapted communities, find tools and resources, and get inspired by community wildfire adaptation work.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program helps residents be Ready with preparedness understanding, be Set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to Go, acting early when a wildfire starts.