Can you survive a wildfire?

PAWUIC’S motto “Living on the Edge”, has two meanings: living on the edge of Arizona’s wildlands with all of their attendant grace and beauty, but also living with the danger of wildfire.

PAWUIC, founded in 1990, is unique in the nation as a not-for-profit group chartered by the City of Prescott and Yavapai County. PAWUIC is comprised of federal, state, county and city agency representatives working together with volunteers, businesses, and community leaders. PAWUIC’s purpose is to mitigate the threat of wildfire and to promote forest health in the greater Prescott area, and Yavapai County- an area larger than the State of Massachusetts.  Members from Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Forestry, Prescott Yavapai Tribe, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Prescott Fire Department, eleven other fire departments, homeowner associations and private citizens meet monthly to report and coordinate their activities to reduce the wildfire danger in the area.

PAWUIC works not just in fire season, but throughout the year to reduce the chance of a wildfire and to reduce the damage it would cause when it strikes our community. By cooperating together since 1990, PAWUIC has brought more than $6,000,000 into our community. 

PAWUIC provides:

  • Information and education on how to reduce wildland fire danger by means of an annual EXPO, meetings, training, newspaper articles, helping local communities gain Firewise/USA® recognition,, and maintaining its regional information web site.
  • A source of grant funding for area fire department efforts to reduce fuels and mitigate other fire dangers.
  • Training scholarships for area firefighters at the Arizona Wildfire Academy.
  • Supporting efforts for economically and environmentally sound ways to utilize the biomass generated from fuels reduction and forest health projects.
  • A most important monthly forum for sharing ideas and coordinating efforts among the involved agencies. Time:  8:00 AM on the 1st Thurs. of each month in the Freeman Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr.  The public is always welcome to attend.  Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience.

Commission News

WFHF 2018 (90/10) Grant Application Due Soon

The WFHF 2018 (90/10) is coming up soon and we will need to submit the completed application in mid-March. This grant can be used only for mitigation - NOT chipper days for a community or firewise activities. If you are interested in joining PAWUIC in this application, please submit the following via email:

  • Name of community and contact person/info
  • Number of residences and acres in the community and number of acres requested for mitigation
  • Map of community with areas to be worked outlined
  • Anticipated cost per acre
  • Description of project including info like undeveloped lots, home ignition zone, common areas, how it will improve the community, 
  • Description of slope, canyons, etc
  • Types of fuel
  • Does it tie into anything BLM, State or National Forestry agencies are doing?

If you have questions, please call Belinda at 909.224.0070 or Shirley at 928.533.7338. Belinda will be out of town March 5th through March 11th.

Your information must be submitted to PAWUIC by March 18.

Pinon Oaks Sends Letter of Appreciation

Our newest community, Pinon Oaks, appreciated the work done by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Department of Correction (DOC) Fire Crew for the work done to clear a 150-ft wide, one mile long strip of heavily wooded chaparral along the northern edge of the development. See letter.

USAA Provides Policyholder Discounts in Seven States

The Departments of Insurance in seven states have approved filings by USAA to give homeowners insurance discounts to USAA members living in communities recognized by the Firewise/USA® Recognition Program. This discount applies to policies issuing or renewing on the following dates in the states listed below:

  • California - Policies effective on or after 10/1/2014
  • Colorado - Policies effective on or after 5/30/2015
  • Texas - Policies effective on or after 6/30/2015 
  • Arizona - Policies effective on or after 2/15/2016
  • Oregon – Policies effective on or after 6/30/2016
  • New Mexico - Policies effective on or after 1/1/2017
  • Utah - Policies effective on or after 1/5/2017

For more information: http://firewise.org/usa-recognition-program/usaa.aspx?sso=2a9c3307-0580-46e6-be06-27adc3c628b3?order_src=C365