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.



Posted 2016-04-29/News: Big Lake Block Party & Safety Fair

A FREE Community Event: Safety Fair at the Big Lake Fire Station commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Miller's Reach fire. Event also includes the Big Lake Library and Jordan Lake Park. Takes place Saturday, June 11th from 11am-3pm. Event details.


Posted 2016-04-29/News: Annual Firewise Chipping Day and Pizza Party Flotilla

Our 10th Annual Firewise Chipping Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th starting at 10am at Kramer's. Volunteers will be needed. Followed at 6pm with our 4th Annual Pizza Party Flotilla out on Horseshoe Lake. Event details.

Similar to previous years, each property is limited to:

  • Pile size of: 20' long by 6' high and 10' wide
  • No trees larger than 3" in diameter
  • No leaves, dirt or stumps
  • Cut ends facing the road neatly

Property owners may place wood debris in the ditch line next to their driveway from now thru June 17th. Chips will be distributed back into the area. Primarily planned for property accessible from Horseshoe Lake Road, please contact Cathi if you have woody debris on any other roads.