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The Firewise Communities 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

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.

Cathy Prudhomme joins NFPA's Firewise Communities Program

May 08, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Cathy Prudhomme associate project manager of its Firewise Communities Program. Based in the NFPA’s field office in Denver, Prudhomme will manage Firewise and wildland fire youth education programs, developing materials and products that address children as young as preschool all the way to college students.

Increased wildfire activity throughout the nation prompts warning for public

April 27, 2012

This winter’s unseasonably mild and dry weather pattern is causing an alarmingly increased risk for wildfire prompting a national warning for residents to take action to prevent damage from wildfire. States such as Colorado, Tennessee and New York are already seeing the reality of these dangerous conditions.

NFPA announces Firewise plant calendar photo contest winners

April 16, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program has announced the winners of the Firewise Plant Calendar Photo Contest. The calendar, which serves as a valuable resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and landscape maintenance, will be available later this year through the program’s online catalog.

New York brush fires raise concern for community safety

April 10, 2012

The recent fires on New York’s Long Island, in upstate New York, Staten Island and in nearby Connecticut and New Jersey, underscore the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across the tri-state area. Prolonged drought conditions, a lack of snowpack, warm temperatures, high winds and excess tree debris from last year’s winter storms, have contributed to dangerous fire conditions that experts predict will continue through Spring.

Massachusetts wildfires raise concern for community safety

April 06, 2012

A recent brush fire in Brimfield, Mass. and others in neighboring states underscore the threat these fires pose to homes and property across New England. Prolonged drought conditions, a lack of snowpack, warm temperatures, high winds and excess tree debris from last year’s devastating tornado and October blizzard, have contributed to dangerous fire conditions that experts predict will continue into Spring.

Firewise offers quiz on "Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season"

April 05, 2012

The Firewise Communities Program has posted its new online quiz, “Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Season.” The quiz, which consists of 10 questions, focuses on Firewise principles and tips residents can use to help prepare their homes and property before a wildfire threatens their area.

Colorado wildfire raises concern for community safety

March 20, 2012

The recent fire in the small town of Eckley, in the state’s northeastern plains, highlights the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across Colorado. The lack of snowfall, coupled with higher-than-normal temperatures and high winds, lead experts to predict that Colorado’s wildfire season will be active and potentially dangerous.

NFPA offers workshops on home wildfire risk assessment

February 28, 2012

NFPA is offering a Two-Day Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone Workshop (HIZ) at several U.S. locations in 2012. The curriculum is aimed at fire service professionals, urban and state foresters, developers, community planners, insurance professionals and others who are committed to understanding and learning about ways to reduce losses from these fires, and increasing wildfire risk awareness among residents and communities.