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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.

Firewise News

New Firewise Success Story from Oregon

October 26, 2012

The small town of Sisters sits in the middle of the state of Oregon, surrounded by the Cascade Mountains. In the past decade, the population has doubled to over 2,000 residents, making fire safety more important than ever. On August 5, 2012, a lightning storm passed over the area igniting at least 17 separate fires. Captain Matt Cyrus of the Cloverdale Fire Protection District was first on the scene at his family property, where one of the fires was burning.

Aron Anderson joins NFPA Fire Adapted Communities initiative

October 15, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Aron Anderson planner of its Fire Adapted Communities® (FAC) initiative. Anderson will assist NFPA in providing technical support of its FAC web content, conducting research and developing and providing technical training. He is located in NFPA’s Denver, Colorado field office.

Residents urged to reduce homes’ risk from wildfire during major wildfire anniversary

September 21, 2012

After one of the hottest and driest winters and summers on record, many communities across the country are experiencing increased risk for wildfires. This year has demonstrated the trend that wildfires are burning larger than ever, and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program is urging homeowners to take action to reduce the risk of losing their homes and property to wildfires.

Firewise Communities Program launches new complimentary online toolkit

August 27, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program launched a new Firewise toolkit, available at no cost online. Firewise is a national program that emphasizes community involvement and provides important information for residents to reduce the risk of wildland fire igniting homes.

Wildfires raise concern for community safety

August 16, 2012

Dozens of fires sparked by high temperatures, severe drought conditions and strong winds have blanketed the western part of the U.S. including Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California, making this fire season one of the worst in history for area residents. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), nearly 43,000 fires burning 6.4 million acres have been reported across the West since January, and officials predict more wildfires will erupt due to continued dry heat and increased thunderstorms across the region.

NFPA to host Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

August 02, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14 – 16, 2013, and is now accepting proposals for educational presentations. The conference is organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise® Communities Program.

NFPA announces second Firewise photo contest

June 27, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program announces its 2014 Calendar Firewise Day Photo Contest and invites photo enthusiasts to submit their favorite, original photographs of their community’s Firewise Day events or activities. Winning entries will be displayed in the 2014 Firewise calendar. The contest runs from July 2, 2012 through November 2, 2012.

Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on effectiveness of regulatory and planning tools for reducing wildfire risk

June 26, 2012

According to a recent study, “Addressing Community Wildfire Risk: A Review and Assessment of Regulatory and Planning Tools,” released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), collaboration and outreach and education programs are needed to achieve the greatest impact in reducing community wildfire risk.

NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 20 official Firewise communities

May 23, 2012

The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program is honoring 20 official Firewise communities from 11 states who celebrate their 10-year anniversary of continued participation and successes in reducing wildfire risks. The communities became nationally recognized in 2003, and were among the earliest adopters of the Firewise Communities/USA process.

Arizona wildfires raise concern for community safety

May 15, 2012

Now at the height of wildfire season (March to June), Arizona is battling several brush, grass and forest fires, including the Gladiator and Sunflower Fires, which continue to threaten communities in Yavapai County, north and west of Phoenix, and to the east in Tonto National Forest. The fires have burned roughly 2,700 acres and have prompted evacuation orders around Crown King, near Prescott.