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Interested in Finding out your home's wildfire risk?

The first step to build wildfire resiliency is identifying your wildfire risk.


70% of McDowell County residents live in the WUI (Wildland Urban Interface), meaning their home is likely to have some sort of wildfire vulnerability. A home's design, building materials and landscape determine it's vulnerability to airborne embers, surface fires and crown fires (NCFS). By taking a look around your house and property, you can gain awareness of what actions you can take to protect your home from potential wildfire. 

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Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ), pictured above. Learn more about the "Home Ignition Zones" here

"While structural firefighters, often working in conjunction with the N.C. Forest Service (NCFS), work diligently to suppress WUI wildfires, the simple truth is that very few fire departments have the quantity of resources to protect every home in a WUI area. Even with adequate equipment, the design of many communities makes it extremely difficult for firefighters to safely access threatened homes." - N.C. Forest Service

Request a Home Assessment Visit

Sign up to receive a free home assessment.* 

You can request an assessment from NCFS staff and/or the Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator. They can walk around your property with you, identifying risk areas and action items to help mitigate your wildfire risk.

Examples of action items for before, during, and after a wildfire here.


Fill out the form below and we will contact you to schedule a date.*

*If you live in a neighborhood or development, you must have at least 5 neighbors sign up as well.

Why schedule an assessment?

- Identify your values at risk.

- Identify your capacity to mitigate your risk.

- Gain knowledge and guidance on ways to build wildfire resiliency in your community.

- Plan for the future.

**This is not a comparison or monitoring tool. It is solely for the use of communities and individuals.

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