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® community certification, 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

Wildfire Expo on April 22

This year our annual Wildfire Expo will be held on April 22, in conjunction with the Earth Day Celebration, on Cortez Street between Gurley and Goodwin 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Wildfire Expo will be located on  Cortez Street  between Goodwin and Union.  PAWUIC, along with other agencies and vendors will have booths to provide educational information and handouts.  

As always, we need your commitment to help with booth setup and manning the booth during the day.  Please reply to this email or see Lois at the next PAWUIC meeting on March 2nd to sign up for a few hours or all day. See the attached Volunteer sign-up for times. It's easy and fun to meet people who are interested in Firewise and how to protect themselves and their property.  We have free literature for adults and fun handouts for the kids. 

Our section of Cortez will have antique fire engines along with state of the art firetrucks and equipment which is a big draw for the community. Smokey Bear help us promote Wildfire Preparedness by posing for pictures with the kids.

Please bring your Firewise Community Boards to the March or April meeting. These are essential to the display we set up in the PAWUIC booth to show how the Firewise Community process works. If you have not yet created one, please contact Lois for information.

Please sign up and help us make this year a big success!

Open Letter from Southview Trails

PO Box 11085
Prescott, AZ 86304

To: Bob Betts, President
From: Al West, Southview Firewise Committee member

Bob — Please read the statement below at the December PAWUIC meeting since I will be unable to attend as I am out of the country. Thanks, Al West.

Fellow PAWUIC/Yavapia Firewise members:

Creating a stable funding base for PAWUIC has always been a struggle. To help solve that problem, Southview is presenting a check in the amount of $832 which represents $5 for each of the 166 lots in our HOA to kick off a campaign to resolve this issue. We are challenging each of the 27 Firewise communities in PAWUIC to make a similar contribution. If we all do this on an annual basis we could establish a solid funding floor that would allow PAWUIC to continue serving its members and the community as it has since its founding in 1990. I recognize that not all Firewise communities have a Home Owners Association to make such a contribution. However, I am also sure that if each local Firewise committee sent a letter to every lot owner in that community explaining the situation and requesting that they make a tax deductible contribution in the amount of $5 to help keep PAWUIC viable, then together we could take a huge step forward in terms of reaching sustainability. Please join Southview in giving to PAWUIC so that it can continue serving all of us to keep Prescott safe from wild fires now and in the future.

Al West, Southview Firewise member and HOA President

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 Communities/USA® 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