DC Ranch has partnered with the Scottsdale Fire Department to become the largest community in the nation to be Firewise certified. The Ranch Association Board of Directors voted in 2021 to move forward with the Firewise program.
What is Firewise?
Firewise is a program that encourages communities to create conditions that reduce wildfire intensity to help prevent home ignitions. It is a program of the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) administered locally through assistance by the Scottsdale Fire Department, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (ADFFM).
The idea is to create defensible space around a home’s exterior to remove invasive plants, ladder fuels, low hanging branches and dead plants to allow firefighter access to keep wildfires at bay.
There are five key steps to receiving Firewise community certification. Per NFPA, a community must create a Firewise committee and/or Board, complete a community hazard assessment, create and submit a Firewise plan, hold an annual Firewise event and make a minimum investment per household in local wildfire mitigation.
The project will be done in phases over several years. Click here to view a map of project areas.
In 2022, the first phase of the project addressed clearing in Arcadia, Horseshoe and the Camelot neighborhoods. Over 41,700 linear feet of ladder fuels were cleared.
Phase two in 2023 includes clearing in the Country Club, Windgate, Terrace Homes East and West, The Estates, and Montelena.
In 2024, phase three will include clearing in Desert Haciendas, Market Street Villas, Pioneer, Rosewood, and Desert Camp Haciendas.
DC Ranch residents are encouraged to ensure their properties are also Firewise compliant.
- Utilize NFPA’s resources on how to prepare your home for a wildfire
- Read the Arizona Living with Wildfire brochure
- Read the Wildland and Natural Area Open Space brochure, produced by the Scottsdale Fire Department
- Remove invasive plants on your property
- Download the FirewiseUSA® Certification to submit to personal insurance for possible home policy discounts