Willow Creek is located on the eastern edge of the county along Highway 299, approximately 35 miles inland. Willow Creek is surrounded by Six Rivers National Forest lands, so most of the approximately 2,000 residents in this community live within the Wildland-Urban Interface.
This community earned firewise recognition in 2010 and has maintained its firewise status since then. The Willow Creek Firewise Board works in conjunction with the Willow Creek Fire Safe Council (FSC) and the Willow Creek Volunteer Fire Department to improve fire-safety in this area.
Since 2002, community members in Willow Creek have organized an annual Fire-Safe Fair, which has evolved and expanded over the years with guidance from the Fire Safe Council and the Firewise Board. The Fire-Safe Fair draws residents from all over the Greater Willow Creek Area and typically features:
Food From Local Vendors
Informational Booths and Exhibits
Demonstrations on Home Ignition Zone Clearance
Fire Retardant Materials
Youth Fire-Safety Activities
Fire preparedness efforts in this community have included community education through the development of a local community wildfire protection plan and community workshops, fuels reduction projects through the Fire Adapted Landscapes and Safe Homes (FLASH) program, a rebate program that reimburses landowners for reducing hazardous fuels on their properties, as well as a community chipping program that helps landowners dispose of debris from fuels reduction.