When it comes to wildfire, no single person alone can protect a community. Residents throughout California are joining forces to create local Fire Safe Councils to effectively reduce and prevent wildfire losses.
What is the Napa Firewise Foundation?
The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the fire fuel load in Napa County and to help our communities be firewise and firesmart through mitigation and education. An ongoing effort, our mitigation programs are achieved through local, state and Federal grants. Our education and outreach programs are through local Fire Safe Councils and community-based awareness programs .
Is defensible space mandatory?
The State of California now requires homeowners to maintain 100′ of defensible space around all structures. Napa County has instituted a Fire Hazard Abatement Ordinance which includes property inspections and potential fines for non-compliance.
What is the Wildland Urban Interface?
This is an area where the rural wildland environment merges with residential development and urban living. A good example in Napa County is Browns Valley and Montecito Heights. These neighborhoods are relatively close to the city center, yet remote enough to enjoy the natural beauty of grasslands and forest-like settings. ”WUI” is an acronym for Wildland Urban Interface.
How does the chipping program work?
As part of creating a 100-foot defensible fire zone around homes and outbuildings, residents in selected areas are encouraged to take advantage of a free chipping program. Go to chipping to dispose of unwanted brush. The program requires that the brush be brought to the nearest private property road location that is accessible by truck and chipper, where it will be chipped and returned to the resident for use as compost or mulch.
Will I be charged to participate in the chipping program?
No, the program is free to Napa County residents.