What is Firewise

With origins dating back thirty years to 1986, the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, property developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks. It brings together physical fire science research and human behavior research so brush fires, grass and forest fires don't have to be disasters. Homeowners can take a series of simple steps to dramatically reduce the risk of dwelling ignition and destruction. Practiced in over 650 communities in 40+ states the Firewise principles and practices work to keep communities safer.

Horseshoe Lake Firewise Community

Originally established in 2006, the Horseshoe Lake Firewise Community was the first community in Alaska to fully adopt the firewise principles and practices to reduce wildfire risk to homes and property. Located just north of Big Lake, covering 2100 acres, portions of the community of homes and recreational cabins were devastated in 1996 by the Miller's Reach fire. Whether energizing the community by coordinating clean-up days, educating how to best mitigate the risk of property damage by wildfire, coordinating community wildfire response and evacuation plans, developing partnerships with local fire departments and government, or sharing the firewise message with surrounding communities, the award winning community is gearing up for another busy year. Please visit the About Us page for more information about our firewise community.