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.

Are you a Community Member wanting to get involved?

Whether it's cleaning debris from gutters or creating an emergency plan, there are many ways we, as homeowners, can take action to mitigate our risk for wildfire disaster.

Find your location on the McDowell Wildfire Risk Map (coming soon!)

Resources our network can offer:

Free Home/Community Assessments

Determine your property's Wildfire Risk Rating.

Fuels Removal Program

Reduce wildfire risk by hiring a road-side debris pile removal service (free service provided by NCFS).

Fire Adapted Landscaping

Learn how to create and maintain a fire-resistant landscape while reducing your risk from wildfire.

Prescribed Burning

Controlled burning can reduce the intensity and magnitude of bigger wildfires by reducing the accumulation of flammable fuels.

Fire Adapted Community Education

We can provide education materials as well as community presentations to aid in understanding wildfire and steps you can take to mitigate risk.

Access to the Mitigation Tool Cache

Free mitigation equipment rentals! Rakes, wheelbarrows, pole saw, PPE, leaf blowers with gutter attachments--all at your fingertips to take action and mitigate your community's wildfire risk.

and more!

Contact our Wildfire Preparedness Coordinator

for more information:

Jen Haas

828-206-6159 or

Is your organization interested in becoming a MCWN Partner?

Do you currently perform wildfire mitigation activities in McDowell County?

We'd like you to become our partner to combine resources, learn from each other, and create a more resilient and fire adapted community!

Our Current Partners Include:

City Of Marion

McDowell County

Marion Fire Department

US Forest Service

NC Forest Service

The Nature Conservancy

Mountain Valleys RC&D

and growing!

Mountain Valleys RC&D Council

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

(828) 206-6159

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