Survivable (Defensible) Space

Homeowner’s Firewise Guide for Arizona

AZ State Forester and Firewise.org publication focused on Arizona’s Firewise

Cal Fire: Wildfire is coming... are you ready?

California (with decades of experience) information related to preparing your home for a potential wildfire

An older fact sheet that deals with Defensible Space

FEMA: Home Builder’s Guide to Construction in Wildfire Zones

2018 version of building recommendations for structures within the WUI – read only

International Code Council’s International WUI Code

US Fish and Wildlife Service’s guide for creating a home’s survivable space

Creating an Effective Survivable Space - A Step-by-Step Guide

Local Wildfire Information

Note: Often one TV or radio station seems to take the lead in providing the best, current information dealing with a local wildfire. If we’re able to, we’ll update this section to include the one or two sources for the most relevant information for a particular incident.

Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority

Your local Fire and Medical organization. The Facebook Updates section is regularly updated

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook

Your local law enforcement agency’s Facebook page.

Yavapai County Facebook

Yavapai County Emergency Management Facebook

Yavapai county Twitter

InciWEB

An interagency all-risk incident information management system which was developed to provide the public a single source of incident related information.

Firewise

National Fire Protection Agency

The NFPA’s Firewise-USA site

Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission

PAWUIC (renaming itself to be Yavapai Firewise) is a Firewise umbrella organization for the entire county

DFFM Firewise

The Arizona State Firewise site

US Fire Administration

An entity of FEMA, the mission of the USFA is to support and strengthen fire organizations, EMS and stakeholders to prepare for, prevent, mitigate and respond to all hazards

Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention

A good source for Firewise related material

REDUCING WILDFIRE RISKS IN THE HOME IGNITION ZONE

A PDF publication dealing with the Home Ignition Zone

WILDFIRE RESEARCH: NEAR-BUILDING NONCOMBUSTIBLE ZONE

A test of how a building ignites

IS YOUR HOME HARDENED TO SURVIVE A WILDFIRE EMBER STORM?

Recommendations for hardening your home to survive an ember storm

INTERNATIONAL WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE CODE

Specific code guidance for building a home within the WUI. Read Only but can be purchased

PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM FIRE

A evidence based approach to saving your home from wildfire

BE EMBER AWARE

A focus on what ignites most homes during a wildfire – Embers!

Insurance

Firewise Virtual Workshop: Understanding Insurance in the Wildland Urban Interface

A YouTube video of a webinar sponsored by NFPA and the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

Insurance Information Institute: Insurance for Wildfires

It’s webpage that pertains to insurance coverage within a WUI

Wildfire and Insurance – Insurance

Information Institute

A PowerPoint presentation dealing with Insurance and wildfires

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association

RMIIA”s guide for understanding wildfire insurance

Landscape Planting

USDA Extension: Selecting Firewise Plants

General discussion dealing with what types of plants to select and which to avoid

UA FIREWISE Plant Materials for 3,000 ft. and Higher Elevations

Guidance from the University of Arizona

A general guide for landscaping property within a Wildland/Urban Interface

UA Fire-Resistant Landscaping

Landscape That Protects From Wildfire

Watters Garden Center guidance for a fire-resistant landscape

Anthem Country Club Community Association (ACCCA) Approved Plants List

ACCCA has been a Firewise community since 2010 and takes it seriously. This is their list or approved plants, with the Firewise ones noted with an asterisk (*). Some will do well at 5,000’

California Native Plant List

Yes -we know, but plants don’t recognize state boundaries and many of the listed species will do well in our area.

Preparing to Evacuate

Yavapai County Sheriff Ready Set Go

Our County’s guidance for being prepared for an evacuation

Your Personal Wildfire Protection Plan

Guidance for creating a protection plan

The Organic Prepper

An interesting list of what to take during an evacuation

Red Cross Survival Kit Supplies

Guidance from the Red Cross

Ready.Gov

Our government’s guidance

How to Pack a "Go Bag" for Emergency Evacuations

Another list of recommendations for preparing to evacuate

AZ Emergency Notification System

Information from our local Emergency Notification System

CODE RED App

A link for downloading the CODE RED application

CAL FIRE Prepare for Wildfire

Guidance from CalFire, who knows a thing or two about wildfires

Your Personal Wildland Fire Action Guide

A good source of information for preparing your home and family for evacuation from the Grand County Wildfire Council

For Kids

NZFS Firewise Kids TV ads collection

A collection of funny CGI-animated TV commercials about fire safety known as "C'MON GUYS GET FIRE WISE" from New Zealand Fire Safety

Sesame Street fire safety: "Get Out, Stay Out, Don't You Go Back In!

Sesame Street Firewise cartoon for kids

Firewise Kids Control Panel

A New Zealand Fire Service webpage for Kids. Requires that you have Adobe Flash installed.

New Zealand About Get Firewise

A curriculum-based resource that gives children of primary and intermediate age the knowledge and behavior they need to stay fire safe and escape from a burning building

NFPA Sparky Schoolhouse

The NFPA’s website of resources for teaching children.

Maps

InciWEB

An interagency all-risk incident information management system which was developed to provide the public a single source of incident related information.

AZ Dept OF Forestry and Fire Management WILDFIRE RISK ASSESSMENT PORTAL

A DFFM tool where you can find your property and the surrounding neighborhood to determine the level of risk your area faces. Select Public Viewer.

SILVIS Lab WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE (WUI) CHANGE

A national program that creates WUI maps which are intended to illustrate where the WUI was located in 1990, 2000, and 2010

Yavapai County Interactive Map

A county GIS application that provides public information to the parcel level. Within Map Layers/Land Features, select the Firewise Communities box to see the current Firewise site boundaries. Adjust Transparency to see parcels under the overlay.

NFPA Active Wildfires

A national map of current wildfires, updated every 24 hours

USDA Forest Service Fire Date in google Earth

A compilation of data providing current fire data. You’ll need to first install Google Earth.

Recommended Books

THE FIRE SMART HOME HANDBOOK: Preparing for and Surviving the Threat of Wildfire by Clyde Soles.

One of the more concise resources about how to prepare for and survive the ever increasing wildfire risks

SURVIVING WILDFIRE: Get Prepared, Stay Alive, Rebuild Your Life by Linda Masterson

“…the author's real-life experience and her diligent research makes this a very helpful handbook for people living with the risk of wildfire”

FIRE, CHAPARRAL, AND SURVIVAL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA by Richard W. Halsey

California isn’t the only area full of chaparral. Very pertinent to central-Arizona

Animal Emergency Evacuation
 

LASER: Large Animal Shelters & Emergency Readiness

Laser provides safe shelter for rural animals during emergency evacuations. 

EEE: Equine Emergency Evacuation

EEE transports large animals pre-and post evacuation per the Yavapai Sheriff's Office Incident Command and County Emergency Management procedures.

ADS: Animal Disaster Services

Animal Disaster Services (ADS)  exists to create and maintain a shelter for animals during emergency evacuations at no cost to the pet's owner. Founded in 1999, ADSis an organization of community volunteers that works under the direction  of Yavapai County Emergency Management Services providing an Animal Shelter in Prescott.

Dewey-Humboldt Firewise 501(c)3

EIN: 84-3589586

P O Box 764

Humboldt AZ 86329