Local Fire Safe Councils, Firewise Communities, and Fire Safe Groups

The Benbow Firewise Community formed in 2021 with the goal of “promoting and facilitating fire safe awareness and preparedness”. In 2022, Benbow was officially recognised as a Firewise Community in good standing by the NFPA. Since then, the group has been meeting regularly to further their mission to improve their community. Priorities include coordinating vegetation removal from neighbor’s properties, educating the public on the latest fire safety information, and assisting in the local Garberville Fire Protection District expansion efforts.

The Benbow Fire Safe Community meets every 3rd Monday of the month at 5pm.

More information can and contact info be found at their website: www.benbowfiresafe.com or at https://humboldtgov.org/3285/Benbow

The Greater Palo Verde Fire Safe Council formed in the spring of 2022 and covers the area from Harris all the way to Island Mountain. At the top of their objectives is to help reduce hazardous fuel and create defensible space around homes and roads with regular volunteer work parties. Other goals include education and outreach to the community about the need for fuels reduction and the best ways to go about creating defensible space. The GPV FSC meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month.

For more information contact Kim

The Salmon Creek Firewise Community achieved their “good standing” status in the spring of 2022. They work closely with the Salmon Creek Volunteer Fire Department to get the word out about fire season preparation. Among other things, the group seeks to provide local landowners with easily applicable information about Defensible Space and Home Hardening. More information can be found here: https://humboldtgov.org/3286/Salmon-Creek.

To get involved with Salmon Creek activities: contact John


The Whale Gulch Fire Safe Council has been working since 2021 to improve the fire resiliency of their community. They have also been supporting Whale Gulch Volunteer Fire Department infrastructure and mapping projects.  Whale Gulch meets regularly on the first Tuesday of the month.

For more information contact

[email protected]


The Garberville Fire Safe Group formed in early 2022 to better prepare Garberville for the coming fire season. The group is actively distributing educational materials, coordinating volunteer efforts, offering informal home inspections for defensible space and home hardening improvements, and engaging in outreach to the homeless community with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The group also offers made-to-order reflective address signs, which can greatly improve response times in an emergency.

The Garberville Fire Safe Group meets every other Tuesday at 3:30pm. Or, tables on Fridays in Garberville regularly, including at the Farmers Market on the first Friday of each month.

For more information contact Christina

Redway kicked off its first meeting in August of 2022 and is steadily gaining momentum.

The Redway Fire Safe group seeks to improve community fire resiliency, learn and teach the best practices of wildfire safety and preparation, and find more ways to make the job of the Redway Volunteer Fire Department easier and safer.

To see how you can be a part of this growing movement contact Sarah

Shelter Cove earned its Firewise USA recognition in 2014 and is constantly working to make their community more fire safe. The Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department works closely with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Firewise Board to improve defensible space around homes and roads. They implement a “chipper day” program to help residents dispose of cleared vegetation and they also teach and practice evacuation drills.

Learn more about the group, their Firewise Action Plan and Risk Assessment here


The Whitethorn Fire Safe Council was initiated in the Summer of 2021 by the Whitethorn Volunteer Fire Department to help prepare the community for wildfires and other emergencies. Priority projects include developing a NEST (Neighborhood Emergency Safety Team) program, updating the fire maps, and upgrading/enhancing the communications systems. A community questionnaire was created to assist with gathering data for the maps and NESTs , and grants are being pursued for the communications needs. An all-new website (WhitethornFire.org) promotes the education and outreach efforts of the WFSC. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday 5:30 pm at the Whitethorn Fire Station #2

For more information contact
[email protected]