Tips for Communities


Becoming a Firewise Community

Steps to achieve Firewise status

  • Work with the Maine Forest Service to complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Form a Firewise board
  • Create a 2 - 3 year Firewise plan
  • Hold a “Firewise Day” each year
  • Invest $2 per capita in annual Firewise projects -
    (which can easily be obtained by completing a “brush chipping day” and a “Firewise Day”)

Advantages communities in Maine’s Firewise program have discovered

  • Encouraged a positive change in local tree cutting ordinance
  • Positive public relations for MFS and Fire Dept.
  • Increased community awareness of - “Firewise” principles (pdf)Externl Link
  • A significant reduction in the amount of forest fuels near homes - defensible space video.
  • Familiarity with evacuation proceduresExternl Link - (in the event of a wildfire).

For more information contact:

207-287-4990 or at

Defensible Space Chipping Program (pdf)

Grant Opportunities

Lake Smart & Firewise Program (pdf)