[From the website] Since 2002, The Firewise USA program has empowered neighbors to work together in reducing their wildfire risk. Research has shown that both the house and the adjacent landscape play a critical role in the home surviving a wildfire. The most important things homeowners can do are the small things on and immediately around their home to improve their survivability in a wildfire. However, neighboring properties can also influence each other. Firewise USA guides homeowners in how to organize their neighborhoods to work collaboratively to reduce shared risk. Using a step-by-step process below, communities develop an action plan that steers their residential risk reduction activities, while engaging and encouraging their neighbors to become active participants in building a safer place to live. Neighborhoods throughout the United States are embracing the benefits of becoming a recognized Firewise USA site.