Welcome to Firewise. Firewise is a national program that focuses on creating defensible space and safe access for homes in the wildland urban interface so in the event of a wildfire the chances of survival are much greater.
The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is pleased to announce the Firewise Virginia campaign. Firewise Virginia offers new opportunities for communities in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) to take positive measures to reduce potential threats from wildfire.
The VDOF recently completed a Geographic Information System (GIS) - based Wildfire Risk Assessment of the entire state. Agency Firewise Specialists are now actively working to better assess the level of wildfire risk for the 4000+ individual, at risk, WUI communities identified in the Commonwealth, however, this is only the first step in the process. Once communities have been visited and assessed for their level of wildfire risk, positive actions need to be taken to help reduce or mitigate the hazards identified.
Thanks to National Fire Plan grant monies obtained by the agency, the VDOF is able to offer a new Money for Mitigation sub-grant program to these at-risk communities to provide a portion of the funding necessary to complete hazard mitigation type projects aimed at reducing the identified hazards.
A list of hazard mitigation projects that will be considered for assistance is available. Our application form, Firewise Virginia Community Hazard Mitigation Grant (English; Word template format, PDF format) is also available.
Specific information about the Firewise Virginia campaign can be found online at www.firewisevirginia.org.
I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this program, and to be more Firewise! I am excited at this opportunity for the Commonwealth, and for the chance we have as fire service professionals to go into high-risk areas and do something that will make a difference.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Chief, Resource Protection
Virginia Department of Forestry
Grants are awarded for projects to reduce the wildfire risk and/or hazard in Virginia’s wildland/urban interface communities. Grant priority will be given based on the assessed wildfire risk level for the community and for the type of project being submitted. The list below shows the types of hazard mitigation projects that will be considered for assistance.
The community will be responsible for general maintenance of the project site for the longevity of the project.
Projects should normally be completed within one year of funding. The Department of Forestry has the right to reject any and all project proposals.
Last modified: Tuesday, 01-Dec-2015 09:10:45 EST