Firewise USA

The Sierra Vista and Cottonwood Canyon roads area has been accepted into the Firewise USA program, a network of more than 1,500 recognized Firewise USA sites from across the nation taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.  

The community is just north of Cave Creek in an area with a known high wildfire fuel load and only one wildfire escape route. The Firewise program goal is to educate residents on making their homes and property more resistant to wildfire.

On Thursday November 5, at the Prickly Pear Inn’s Parlor Room, Sierra Vista Firewise Certification training will take place with state and district fire officials from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

This eight-hour program will teach attendees about wildfire fuels, how wildfire typically moves, and how to prepare their homes and property for the threat of wildfire. Taught by firefighters, the course will empower attendees to focus their efforts on wildfire mitigation.

As part of the wildfire mitigation efforts, the Sierra Vista Fire Program has engaged residents through the use of its website (, a mailer and various email communications. The wildfire mitigation efforts are a direct result of the wildfire devastation and threat associated with the Ocotillo Fire in May.