In 2010, Anthem became designated as a "Firewise Community" by the National Firewise Communities/USA. In order to maintain the community’s designation, the ACC works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host "Firewise Days" at ACC's annual Autumnfest event held in October.

At the event, a Firewise trailer, filled with educational materials, videos, and interactive activities, promotes fire safety, wildfire reduction and mitigation strategies, and proactive fire education in the event of emergencies.

Because of the ongoing commitment the ACC and the community has in maintaining its nationally recognized "Firewise Community" status, the ACC takes proactive measures to mitigate the issues of tall grass and weeds within ACC common and adjacent wash areas in order to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire.

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Statistics - Winter Fires

The threat of winter fires is real. The severity and prevalence of winter fires is not to be ignored, even in a desert climate.

  • 905 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2,091,000,000 in property loss occurs from winter home fires.
  • 67 percent of winter fires occur in one- and two-family homes.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • 5 to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Source: National Fire Incident Reporting System 2009-2011. Below, access additional resources about winter fires.


Firewise Community Designation Benefits

While the benefits can vary, there are a number of positive outcomes experienced by communities that become members of the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program. It:

  • Creates defensible space that prevents fires from advancing and endangering homes and lives.
  • Improves property value while reducing risk of loss.
  • Improves community relationships with local fire staff.
  • Encourages good neighbors. The more homes within a community that adopt “Firewise” practices, the greater the impact on reducing the heat and speed of the fire.
  • Offers peace of mind knowing that a home is prepared to survive a wildfire in the event one should occur.

History

In an effort to initially designate Anthem as a Firewise community, an Anthem Firewise Committee was created in 2008 as an Affiliate Group of the Anthem Community Council. Originally, this community-based group of citizens, spearheaded by Anthem resident Millie LaFave, worked in cooperation with the Anthem Public Safety Committee, Army Corps of Engineers, ACC Parks and Facilities, the Arizona State Forestry Division, the Daisy Mountain Fire District, the Phoenix Fire Department, Anthem Parkside HOA, Anthem Country Club Community Association, The Village at Anthem Condominiums Council of Co-Owners, and the Bureau of Land Management to create conditions to reduce the ignition, intensity, and spread of fires adjacent to, and within, the Anthem community.

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