September 17, 2022


STAR RANCH is a Firewise® USA Recognized Community.

The national Firewise USA® recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level. Any community that meets a set of voluntary criteria on an annual basis and retains an “In Good Standing Status” may identify itself as being a Firewise® Site.

The Firewise USA® program is administered by NFPA® and is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. While the NFPA® administers this program, individuals and communities participate on a voluntary basis.

STAR RANCH has undertaken initiatives, with the guidance of the Star Ranch Firewise Committee, to improve fire safety, response and planning, along with community outreach, to help safeguard lives, pets, homes and property. One method of Star Ranch members commitment to fire safety is by demonstrated by the involvement of members to tasks and actions reported to NFPA. Review categories and enter your direct contribution by clicking here:

Please check back as this page is developed for new information and data.

The effects of wildfires are far reaching – humans, animals, vegetation, environment, water, and air quality along with the loss of property, crops, resources, animals and people. Wildfires can disrupt transportation, communications, power and gas services, and the water supply.

There is little comparable to the experience of a wildfire. Here are two videos to learn more about the personal experience of surviving wildfires. Let’s not let this happen at STAR RANCH.

Video 1: The Bastrop County Fire of 2011. 476 homes destroyed in the worst wildfire in Texas history, from a power line fail into trees. Click here to view.

Video 2: The Normal Heights (San Diego) Fire of 1985. 76 homes destroyed and 57 damaged – in the middle of a major urban center. Click here to view.

Here are some links to short videos on types of fires and fire extinguisher handling and techniques (think PASS).

Classes of fires

Fire and Extinguishers explained

How to Distinguish Between the Different Classes of Fire

The PASS method

Is your extinguisher ready?

Using your extinguisher

ABCNews investigates

The Star Ranch Firewise Committee disclaims liability for any personal injury, property, or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from participation in the Firewise USA® program. The Star Ranch Firewise Committee also makes no guaranty or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of program guidance.

The Firewise USA® program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.