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The Firewise USA Program national technical staff, in addition to Firewise state liaisons, are available for interviews during a crisis or any time you need information about wildland fire safety. For immediate media inquiries and assistance, please contact NFPA Public Affairs at +1 617 984-7275.

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Being fire wise is an easy way to prepare for fire season

September 10, 2015

We’ve all seen the heart-wrenching images on TV: lives and property destroyed by wildland fire. And, this fire season, with over eight million acres burned, we are seeing these images more frequently. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/09/10/being-fire-wise-is-an-easy-way-to-prepare-for-fire-season/#sthash.gS51RoVI.dpuf

On the Offense for Defensible Space

September 09, 2015

Four years into the latest California drought, wildland fires present a nearly year-round threat. The same vegetation that allows Lamorinda to call itself "semi-rural" is now bone dry.

2015 on its way to record number of acres consumed by fire in U.S.

September 02, 2015

National Inter Agency Fire Center, September 2, 2015: “The majority of the large fire activity continues throughout Idaho, Montana and Washington. Nationally, 56 large fires burned 1,961,095 acres. No new large fires were reported and one fire was contained in Texas….Year to date statistics for 2015 – Fires: 43,819 – and acres consumed 8,202,557.

Port Angeles woman heads drive for donations for Eastern Washington wildfire victims

August 29, 2015

Think the unthinkable: losing your every possession to a wildfire.

Then rethink it.

What you might not have thought of could be what wildland fire victims need most, said Kim Beus of Port Angeles, whose former home burned in the Okanogan Complex Fire.

As wildfires rage and budgets dwindle more federal funds sought for firefighting

August 29, 2015

The record wildfire season scorching the West is prompting renewed calls for Congress to change how it funds firefighting, a push that comes as the head of the Forest Service said the agency would soon exceed its firefighting budget for the year — again..

NFPA has created a wildfire safety infographic with 7 tips for residents to help protect their homes in an event of a wildfire (PDF)

August 27, 2015

NFPA has created a wildfire safety infographic with 7 tips for residents to help protect their homes in an event of a wildfire in their area. Share this with friends and family. Just download the graphic and place wherever you want to use it.

There Aren’t Enough Firefighters to Stop America’s West From Burning

August 27, 2015

Swelling Ranks Of Firefighters Make Progress On Nation's No. 1 Priority Wildfire

August 26, 2015

More firefighters continue to arrive on the front lines of the nation’s highest priority wildfire. It’s the 400 square mile complex of lightning-sparked fires near the Canadian border in north central Washington dubbed the Okanogan Complex.
Reinforcements from as far away as Australia are joining the fight against the wildfire in Okanogan County. The headcount at fire camp now exceeds 1,300 ...

See That Smoke In The Air? Here's How You Can Handle It

August 26, 2015

Wildfire smoke can cause a lot of health problems – for your lungs, your eyes, and more, particularly if you have chronic health issues. What can you do to protect yourself?

Some turn to dust masks to keep from breathing in smoke. But an ordinary mask won’t work. You’ll need an N-95 or N-100 respirator. They look like a lot like dust masks, but you’ll see “N-95” (or N-100) printed on the front. They’ll keep out fine particles that cause irritation, but they won’t protect you from hazardous gases like carbon monoxide ...

Deadly wildfires charge across Western states

August 23, 2015

Wildfires raging in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California have officials in the drought-plagued Western states struggling to contain the flames that have forced thousands from their homes and led to the deaths of three firefighters.