Community Wildfire Hazard Assessment and Ranking
To better understand what a community wildfire hazard assessment is and why you might want to do one in your community, follow the links below for more information. Or, go straight to the downloads page to get the assessment form and related information.
Many homes are lost during wildfires due to embers, or firebrands, that travel over many miles and end up, for example, entering an attic through an uprotected vent. Once near or inside your home, embers can smolder for hours and eventually start a fire that damages or destroys it. This assessment was developed based on this current understanding about how homes burn from wildfire, and is designed to help homeowners and communities prioritize fire hazard reduction activities at the parcel level.
Even in highly fire-prone areas, there are steps that communities can take to reduce wildfire hazards. Completing a community-wide hazard assessment and communicating the results with homeowners is one way to help prioritize hazard reduction activities.
There are several steps to completing a community-wide wildfire hazard assessment at the parcel level. One of the most difficult can be deciding exactly what should be included in the hazard assessment. The assessment provided here represents our best understanding of how homes burn during wildfires.
There are many ways to communicate
wildfire hazards with your community. We focus here on using web-based maps, like Google Maps, to allow homeowners and communities to better understand hazards across the community.
To get a better idea of how this approach can be implemented, explore a web-based map displaying the results for a parcel-level wildfire hazard assessment and ranking completed for one California community.