The Willow Creek Fire Safe Council (WCFSC) began in 2002 with a small group of residents committed to improving community fire preparedness. This group grew and in 2008 the WCFSC became incorporated as a Non-Profit 501(c)(3).
The mission of the WCFSC is to reduce wildfire risk and increase survivability by implementing fuels reduction projects and encouraging residents of the greater Willow Creek area to make their homes, neighborhoods and community fire safe.
Projects of the WCFSC include “Chipper Days” to help clear brush from around homes and implementation of the “Blue Dot Program,” which makes water sources available for fire protection more apparent to firefighters. The WCFSC also hosts an annual public information Fire-Safe Fair and Youth Firewise Day in May, the annual Youth Fish Derby and Firewise Day in June, and participates in the annual community Bigfoot Days celebration on Labor Day weekend. In an effort to educate and empower residents with fire-safety information and resources, the WCFSC has produced and distributed a “Living with Fire” publication. The WCFSC also collaborates with the Humboldt County FSC by promoting the FLASH program and developing and maintaining the Willow Creek Greater Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which was completed in 2011. Willow Creek has been an active Firewise Community since 2010.