Communities At Risk
To help protect people and their property from potential catastrophic wildfire,
the National Fire Plan directs funding to be provided for projects designed to
reduce the fire risks to communities. A fundamental step in achieving this goal
was the identification of communities that are at high risk of damage from wildfire.
These high risk communities identified within the wildland-urban interface, the
area where homes and wildlands intermix, were published in the Federal Register
in 2001. At the request of Congress, the Federal Register notice only
listed those communities neighboring federal lands. The list represents the collaborative
work of the 50 states and five federal agencies using a standardized process,
whereby states were asked to submit all communities within their borders that
met the criteria of a structure at high risk from wildfire.
With California's extensive urban Wildland-Urban Interface situation, the list
of communities extends beyond just those adjacent to Federal lands. There
are 1,289 communities currently on the Communities at Risk List. The
California State Forester (CAL FIRE Director) has assigned the role of managing the list to the California
Fire Alliance ( Alliance). The Alliance has recently developed a process
whereby communities can be added or removed from the list of "communities
at risk" to wildfire.
Changing Your Status on the List
To add or remove a community to the list of high fire risk communities in
California, the following process has been identified. For more information
on protecting communities at risk to wildfire please visit the National
Fire Plan website or contact your local CAL FIRE Unit or land management agency
such as the Bureau
of Land Management and US
How to apply:
- Print and complete the Communities at Risk Application Form (2.1M PDF).
- Submit completed form to the address listed on the application.
- All applications are received year round and will be reviewed
by the California Fire Alliance Leadership. Results of the review will
be communicated to the applicant in writing.
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