Firewise Program

Firewise Program

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) teaches people how to adapt to living with the risk of wildfires and encourages neighbors to work together and take preventative actions now to prevent losses.

What is the Firewise Program?

Skyline Lakes is a proud recipient of a Firewise grant to help prevent wildfires in our community.  We have been qualifying for the grant nearly every year for some time.

Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise USA program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

Firewise Home Ignition Zone

To save lives and property from wildfire, NFPA’s Firewise USA program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and each other from the risk of wildfire.  See image below for how you can spot fire dangers around your home:

Does Firewise Work?

In June 2018 the Firewise USA® site Falls Creek in Durango, Colorado was put to the test. The 416 Wildfire threatened the community, but because of the work residents had done to prepare their homes, firefighters were able to protect homes within the community. Hear their story through the perspective of both residents and firefighters.  Click here.

Firewise Grant Approved Work

The Firewise Grant is between $3,000 to $4,500 for a typical year, and we must follow strict guidelines, set forth by the Firewise grantors as to what kind of work is approved.  Use of a Boom-Ax to clear vegetation from the sides of the roads is the most common work that qualifies.  Below is an image of a sample Boom-Ax in action.  We are required to locate and rent a Boom-Ax ourselves, which can be challenging.  Widening intersections is necessary to make room for emergency vehicles, but this is not an approved use of the Firewise Grant, nor is repair work on the lake, which is also a dry hydrant for the local fire department.  Another approved use of the Firewise Grant is creating metal signs with house numbers, which is an emergency services requirement.

In-kind Donations

We are obligated to show “in-kind” donations of owners’ time to justify a grant for the projects we have for fire mitigation. Logs for volunteer time are available in the bathhouse and downloadable below.  Please return them to Beth Cayer at 156 Ravens’ Roost Court in Skyline Lakes or mail them to the board at PO Box 427, Stanley, VA 22851.

DOF Volunteer Log Sheet.