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Kentucky Firewise Program

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The Kentucky Firewise program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.  Kentucky Firewise is part of the National Firewise Communities program organized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and co-sponsored by the  USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.


Protecting Your Home:
Do you live in or near a forest? If you do, then you live in the wildland urban interface and your home has an increased risk of being destroyed by wildland fire.

There are many simple steps you can take to reduce the wildfire risk to your property.  Please refer to the following fact sheets for detailed information about Firewise practices that could save your home:
25 Kentucky Firewise Tips​ (pdf)
Be Prepared for Wildfires (pdf)
Creating Defensible Space (pdf)
Firewise Checklist (pdf)
Firewise Landscaping (pdf)
Homeowner's Role in Firewise (pdf)
Is Your Home Firewise Guide (pdf)
Landscaping Checklist (pdf)

These assessment guides will help you determine if your home is Firewise:
Kentucky Division of Forestry's Woodland Home Wildfire Hazard Assessment​ (interactive template)
Kentucky Division of Forestry's Woodland Home Wildfire Hazard Assessment (pdf format)

Protecting Your Community:
Kentucky's Firewise program is a unique opportunity available to Kentucky's fire-prone communities.  The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments and residential associations of all types. There are currently 53 communities in Kentucky that are Firewise USA Communities.  To view a map of their locations, click Kentucky Firewise USA Communities Map​​​

Please refer to the following guides for information about defensible space, Firewise landscaping, vehicular access, controlling open burning, community action planning and much more:

2014 Firewise Desk Reference (pdf)
Guide for Protecting Communities From Wildfire (pdf)
How to Become a Firewise Community (interactive template)
How to Become a Firewise Community (pdf)
Winter 2010 - Firewise Communities How To Newsletter (pdf)
Woodland Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment (interactive template)
Woodland Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment​ (pdf)

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) enables a community to plan in advance for the possibility of a community threatening wildfire. The CWPP helps to empower communities to organize, plan, educate and take action on wildfire issues that impact community safety. 

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)​ (interactive template)
Community Wildfire Protection Plan Instructions

Kentucky Firewise Community Grants:
The Firewise Community grant program provides funding to assist communities in wildland/urban interface areas in reducing their wildfire risk.  The grant cycle runs from Oct. 1 through June 30.  Grantees must complete project activities and submit receipts and documentation in order to receive reimbursement.   

Detailed information about grant program objectives, grant projects and match requirements will be available with the grant application package in summer 2014.  Please link to the Grant Opportunities page for further information and to obtain a grant application when available. 

To learn how to "Firewise" your home and community and how to establish a Firewise Council visit the National Firewise Web site or contact the division's Firewise program coordinator, Mike Harp.
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