Firewise USA Recognition Program

Lake County Fire Safe Council can help your community achieve Firewise Recognition! Some insurance companies now offer substantial discounts to homeowners in recognized Firewise Communities.

The Firewise USA Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program provides resources to help homeowners learn how to adapt to living with wildfire while encouraging and empowering neighbors to work together to take action now to reduce their wildfire risk and prevent losses. Join the growing network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise communities from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.

“Simply put, this is a program that can help you and your neighbors come together to make your community safer.  Joining the Firewise community program is free and a great way to get organized!”
Cindy Leonard, Cobb Firewise Community organizer

Using a six-step process, communities develop an action plan that guides their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live.  Neighborhoods throughout Lake County and the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise Community – and you can too!

The process is simple, and the Lake County Fire Safe Council and the Firewise USA program will provide necessary educational materials, training, expertise and assistance, while allowing your neighborhood to take action and take responsibility!

The following steps will get your community started and on their way to receiving their official Firewise Communities USA recognition status, and the honor of proudly displaying their own high-profile signage along with many other benefits.



   > Anderson Springs Middletown

   > Clearlake Oaks Keys Property Owners Association Clearlake Oaks

   > Clearlake Riviera Community Association Kelseyville

   > Cobb Mountain Group 2 Cobb

   > Cobb View Cobb

   > Hidden Valley Lake Hidden Valley Lake

   > Jones Creek Crossing Cobb

   > Riviera Heights HOA Kelseyville

   > Seigler Springs Loch Lomond

   > Wolf Creek Clearlake Oaks

Six Steps of Firewise Recognition

  1. Form a Firewise Board/Committee (minimum of 8 individual single family dwelling units and no more than 2,500 homes in your community).
  2. Conduct a wildfire risk assessment for your neighborhood or community.*
  3. Create an Action Plan.
  4. Conduct an outreach event in your neighborhood.
  5. Invest a minimum of only $25 per home in local wildfire risk-reduction actions for the year.
  6. Submit an application online

*The assessment is a written document outlining hazards and risk related to wildfires where you live. This will be prepared by your Firewise committee in cooperation with your local fire department and Lake County Fire Safe Council.  You will create an action plan based on the assessment.


The Firewise USA program is co-sponsored by the NFPA, USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.


Resource credit: FIRESafe MARIN