Fire Mitigation Groups
Is your community interested in fire mitigation?
As the Countywide Fire Safe Council, Fire Safe Sonoma works to provide support to ALL types of Fire Mitigation groups.
When it comes to fire prevention and preparedness, community members across Sonoma County are increasingly engaged or interested in learning how to become a part of a Fire Mitigation Group.
Fire Mitigation Groups are diverse in name and similar in focus. Simply put, they aim to bring communities together to identify and address fire risks.
In Sonoma County we have the following types of Community led Fire Mitigation Groups:
- Firewise Communities – Nationally Recognized Program
- Local Fire Safe Councils – Throughout California
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) helps communities come together to identify and manage their fire risk through Firewise USA. As the title suggests, this is a Nationally recognized program. CAL FIRE guides California Communities through the Firewise process using their state specific application. The Firewise application includes a community Risk Assessment (updated every 5 years) as well as a three year action plan, updated every three years. For the equivalent of every dwelling in the community, 1 hour of fire prevention work must be done per year. This can be home hardening projects or creating defensible space around structures.
Firewise communities can be a minimum of 8 dwellings and a Maximum of 2500.
To learn more, visit: readyforwildfire.
Local Fire Safe Councils
Fire Safe Sonoma is the Countywide Fire Safe Council and works closely with both the California Fire Safe Council at the State level and at the Community level, with local Fire Safe Councils within the County. Local Fire Safe Councils often bring their neighbors together to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Along with looking at fire risk, this document looks at fire history, property assessment data and fire agencies response capabilities for the community. CWPP should be updated every 5 years. After 10 years they are considered out of date and often cannot be used to apply for grants.
There is no minimum or maximum number of households/dwellings for a local Fire Safe Council and they vary greatly in size.
To learn more about Fire Safe Councils, Click HERE
Other community groups in the county that focus on all types of Emergency and Disasters, including fire, are:
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Nationally Recognized Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program
- Community Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) – Mostly in North Sonoma County
- Meet/Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) – Mostly in Sebastopol
Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD) – Countywide