Local Community

Bridgeville lies approximately 30 miles inland from Highway 101, along Highway 36. Many residences in Bridgeville, which has a population of approximately 800, are located within the Wildland-Urban Interface

Becoming Firewise

This community earned national recognition as a Firewise Community site in 2010 and has maintained its status since then. The Bridgeville Firewise Board collaborates with the Van Duzen Watershed Fire Safe Council (FSC), the Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Company (VFC), and the Bridgeville Community Center, to improve fire-safety in this area

Fire Safe Council Chipper Project and Firewise Day

Firewise Day Sign

Fire Safety Day Sign

Community Activities

Each year, the Bridgeville Community holds a Fire Safety Day, often in conjunction with an event called Bridgefest, which features live music, food, and local vendors, as well as games and a flying saucer contest. At this event, the Firewise Board and FSC distribute safety materials at an information booth and the Bridgeville VFC holds firefighter demonstrations.

Some other efforts of the Firewise Board and FSC include organizing community clean-up days for maintaining defensible space, a chipper program for disposing of debris from fuels reduction, and participation in the Fire-adapted Landscapes  and Safe Homes Program, which is a rebate program that reimburses landowners for reducing hazardous wildfire fuels on their properties.

Action Tools

Bridgevillle's Firewise community wildfire assessments (PDF) and action plan (PDF) are excellent tools for the community to learn about wildfire hazards in the area and collaboratively identify actions to reduce those hazards.