WROA Firewise Committee
Sharon Simons (Committee chair) - (208) 344-1868
(Go to WR Contacts to send a message to the committee.)
for the steps you can take to make your home Firewise safe.
to help you decide to defend your home or to evacuate: It's your decision.
for more about your option to shelter in place during a wildfire.
to find out why "Stay and Defend" is recommended for Ranch residents.
to download the Home Defense Checklist.
to download the Home Evacuation Checklist.
to learn about tracking Firewise activities.
to download the Firewise activities worksheet.
Why Wilderness Ranch Is a Firewise Community
In 2002, Wilderness Ranch gained recognition as a Firewise Community. The national Firewise Communities program is a multi-agency effort designed to involve homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire before a fire starts.
The Firewise Communities approach emphasizes community responsibility for planning in the design of a safe community as well as effective emergency response and individual responsibility for safer home construction and design, landscaping, and maintenance. The national Firewise Communities program is intended to serve as a resource for agencies, tribes, organizations, fire departments, and communities across the U.S. who are working toward a common goal: reduce loss of lives, property, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings.
The primary benefit of being a Firewise Community is that it will ultimately help the Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District (WRFPD) and other agencies who respond to a wildfire on the Ranch do a better job of protecting WR residents and their property. Those who participate in the project develop a greater awareness of the threat of wildfire on the Ranch. That awareness leads to the recognition of needs for specific protective measures, and that awareness leads to actions that make more homes defensible against wildfire.
Since our designation as a Firewise community . . .
- Numerous homeowners have taken action to reduce the risk of wildfire causing damage to their property. (Take a look around; you really can tell which owners have taken measures to protect their homes from wildfire.)
- We have designated a deposit site where property owners can get rid of woody debris from their hazardous fuel reduction projects. It is located near the intersection of Wilderness Ranch Road and Meadow Lane near the water tank. A sign marks the spot. Please use this area to deposit woody debris only. Trash belongs at the dump.
- We have limbed trees and thinned brush along Ranch Roads and escape routes to make it safer for residents to evacuate and fire suppression equipment to access the Ranch.
- We are in the midst of a multi-phase fire mitigation and forest management plan for the Common Area.
- Numerous homes have been evaluated for their ability to survive a wildfire, and grant money has been provided to homeowners to complete hazardous fuel reduction projects.
- We have thoroughly researched the risk/benefits of Stay and Defend in the event of a wildfire and have made recommendations for residents to consider.
- Wilderness Ranch has been featured on NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio for its Firewise efforts in addition to being a training and demonstration site for communities across the country.
For more information about Firewise Communities, including a wide range of videos and
to see before and after photos of fuel reduction projects on the Ranch.