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Firewise Risk Assessment

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Our Fire Safe Council is now a Firewise USA Community!   Being recognized through the Firewise USA program helps us compete for grants to improve our community fire safety and possibly makes you eligible for fire insurance discounts.  The Firewise USA website has a lot of useful information and you can also explore what is available from the National Fire Protection Association.

We still want to improve the Firewise Risk Assessment for the Oak Hill Area Fire Safe Council.  Do you have a few hours to help?

We are looking for volunteers.  This involves driving around our area to identify the key "fire risk" problems or needs in relation to both location and type.  We will be looking at things like:

  • Road-clearance needs
  • Areas with excessive fuels
  • Adequacy of road and address signs
  • Open spaces
  • Dead-end road concerns, etc. 

After driving around and recording what we see, we will use the information to help us focus on problems in our area and seek ways to improve wildfire safety.  The Firewise Risk Assessment and CWPP are often required for us to compete successfully for various grants.

If you would like to be part of the Team that will update the Firewise Risk Assessment (even if it is just to help with driving through your neighborhood and identifying the key problems or needs), please send a message to us at

Here is a diagram showing what defensible space zones within your neighborhood might look like.  

Community Risk Assessment should focus on the vulnerability of homes and surrounding home ignition zones
Diagram from the National Fire Protection Association