Charlestown Rhode Island is a coastal rural community situated on the south shore of the state along the Atlantic Ocean/Block Island Sound. The town is heavily forested with approximately 19,000 acres of forestland comprising roughly 80% of the town’s total lands. With this high percentage of forest land comes the inherent risk of wildland fire. Over the past 10 years there have been over 23 wildland fires in the town of Charlestown, burning over 18 acres of land. The purpose of this document is to create a more robust understanding of the natural hazards facing Charlestown by examining the risk of wildland fire and recommending wildland fire mitigation strategies. Go to the Firewise Community Assessment.