Why Firewise?

Firewise is a designation awarded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to a community that has demonstrated a sustained effort to mitigate the risks of wildfires. Rio Verde is proud to have earned this coveted status for seven years running and having enjoyed the benefits of this accomplishment. As evidenced by the Rio Fire…

Attend the Annual Firewise Day

  Featured photo:┬áRio Verde Fire District Captain Dave Bullard addresses the participants in the 2014 Firewise Day. Photo courtesy of Jim Dielen. Firewise Day is an annual educational event that is required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for a community to achieve and maintain Firewise recognition. It is held on the second Saturday…

Remembering the Rio Fire of 1995

“It started with a bolt from the sky and exploded on the winds of a storm’s microburst to become the largest desert wildfire the state had seen up to that date…. While the blaze devastated the desert, especially in the county park, the scorecard at the end showed a win for firefighters–no deaths, no injuries…