The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) work together to implement the Firewise USA® program in Colorado.

Firewise USA® is a national recognition program that provides instructional resources to inform people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action to reduce their wildfire risk.

The CSFS provides technical assistance and education to interested landowners, homeowners and communities to help them take action and ownership in preparing their homes against the threat of wildfire.

Steps to Become a Firewise USA® Site

  1. Form a Firewise USA® board or committee.
  2. Obtain a wildfire risk assessment from the CSFS or your local fire department and create an action plan.
  3. Hold a Firewise USA® event once per year.
  4. Invest a minimum of $27.20 per dwelling unit annually in risk reduction activities.
  5. Apply for recognition using the Firewise USA® program management portal. The application can be started at any point in this process.

To learn more about the Firewise USA® recognition program, visit the national Firewise USA® website.

Active Firewise USA® communities may renew their designations through the program management portal.

Colorado is ranked #3 for the number of recognized Firewise USA® sites with more than 180 earning the designation.