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Wildfire Preparedness Resources

Firewise USA

The Firewise 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.

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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 becoming a Firewise USA site, contact us today!

Mitigation Cost-Share Assistance

Residents in 8 WNC counties can receive 50% reimbursement for reducing their wildfire risk within 100 feet of their home and 10 feet from their driveway.

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Mitigation Tool Cache

Mountain Valleys has a tool cache available for residents to use to complete mitigation tasks - for free!

NC Forest Service

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.

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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. 

Find your local Appalachian RC&D Coalition representative.

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Local/southeast information

Firewise Fall Leaf Litter flyer
Firewise Fall Leaf Litter flyer
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Fire-Resistant Landscaping in NC
Fire-Resistant Landscaping in NC
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Guide to Southeastern Fire Adapted Communities
Guide to Southeastern Fire Adapted Communities
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Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SGSF)
Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SGSF)
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Southeast Wildfire Retrofit Guide
Southeast Wildfire Retrofit Guide
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Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists
Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists
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The Fire Learning Trail Podcast
The Fire Learning Trail Podcast
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Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science
Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science
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Fire Weather Intelligence Portal
Fire Weather Intelligence Portal
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National Resources

Firewise USA Program
Firewise USA Program
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Wildfire Preparedness Day
Wildfire Preparedness Day
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Wildfire Risk to Communities (USFS)
Wildfire Risk to Communities (USFS)
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NFPA Wildfire Resources
NFPA Wildfire Resources
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Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network
Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network
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Was Your Home Damaged by Fire?
Was Your Home Damaged by Fire?
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How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires (FW)
How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfires (FW)
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Ready, Set, Go! Program
Ready, Set, Go! Program
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Wildfire Preparedness for Farmers and Ranchers
Wildfire Preparedness for Farmers and Ranchers
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