Firewise Risk Assessment tutorial

New online tutorial helps you deliver a community wildfire risk assessment

The community wildfire risk assessment is a critical step in the Firewise USA® recognition process. The assessments helps inform residents of the strengths and vulnerabilities within their self-defined community and provides direction for the action plan.  Getting started with the assessment can sometimes be a little daunting, however, it doesn't have to be.

NFPA is excited to share a new online resource, the Community Wildfire Risk Assessment Tutorial, that walks you through the risk assessment process.  Use it to gain an understanding of how to evaluate your community’s strengths and vulnerabilities, discovering the conditions of homes and their surrounding home ignition zones.

Upon completion of this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Identify environmental features that impact ignition resistance in a wildfire;
  • Using environmental features observations, record findings in the Firewise USA® Community Wildfire Risk Assessment template; and
  • Use recorded findings to draft a multi-year action plan to reduce a site’s risk from wildfire.


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Megan Fitzgerald-McGowan
Program Specialist, Megan manages Firewise USA® and holds a deep belief that collaboration is the best way to reduce risk and loss from wildfire.

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