Learning to Live with Fire

October 2022

Calistoga Living – Eden Umble

Everyone who lives in Calistoga has had a brush with wildfires. For some, it’s been the uncertainty of evacuating, followed by a grateful homecoming. For others, it means battling a merciless adversary which threatened or scorched homes, properties and livelihoods, or far worse:Losing everything. The undeniable effects of climate change-years of drought and hotter temperatures creating tender-dry-conditions are all around, and the best defense, the only option really, is to become adopted to fire. By becoming actively involved in wildfire preparedness, sharing the responsibility with the firefighting community, Calistoga residence can create a better outcome for themselves. 

Fortunately, Napa Firewise and its groundbreaking Calistoga Fire Safe Counsel are on the case. Napa Firewise, formed in 2004 by concerned fire professionals and community leader errs to address the volatile wildfire fuel build up throughout Napa County, become a nonprofit, nappy communities Firewise foundation(NCFF), three years later to get access to grants and tax incentives for donors. Starting with free shipping programs and defensible space inspections as well as raising awareness, Napa fire wise has grown exponentially over 16 years into the Premier organization that is changing the way Napa County residents think about, and prepare for, wildfires.