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?
Napa Firewise is a fire awareness program designed to educate the residents of Napa County on the dangers wildland fires pose to them and their community. The program also provides specific steps each person can take to protect themselves, their family and their neighbors should a wildfire occur.
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.
How can I arrange for a chipping visit?
Make an online request or visit your local fire station to get a mail-in form
What is Defensible Space?
We offer an in depth look at defensible space. Please learn more here.
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.
Will the Firewise program result in reduced insurance costs?
Since the 1970s, the insurance industry has paid out over $10 billion in wildfire claims. You can bet they are interested in any programs that reduce wildfire-related losses.
Who is responsible for the Napa Firewise program?
Napa Firewise is a collaboration between Napa County and the various city governments within the county.
How can I tell If I live in a high-risk area?
You can find copies of County risk maps online at www.countyofnapa.org/countyfire.
When is wildfire season?
While fires can occur at any time, especially when the hot dry summer winds drive from the north or northeast to create ideal conditions for a major wildland fire of the kind that destroyed 1,600 homes in Oakland in 1991 and nearly 2,000 homes in San Diego in 2003. And let’s not forget the Berryessa fire in 2000, the Deer Fire in 2008, the Atlas Peak fire in 2007 and most recently, the Atlas and Tubbs fires in 2017.
Where can I get a list of fire-resistant plants?
For more information on fire-resistant plants, please read our information on Defensible Space.
What are the most at-risk neighborhoods for wildland fire in Napa County?
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.
What should I do if a wildfire strikes my area?
Follow the instructions of your local fire officials and or the police. The best preparation is to have an evacuation plan for you and your family, including your pets.
Who is paying for the Firewise program?
For a number of years the program has been funded by grants from Federal Agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, with matching grants from State and local governments, and the tireless efforts of Napa Valley volunteers. The program must become sustainable through community ownership, grants, and private donation. Napa Firewise is now a 501(c)(3) foundation, and contributions are tax-exempt in most cases.
What can I do to keep wildfire from approaching my home?
For details on how to prepare your home and family for wildfire go to defensible space.