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Arizona wildfire raises concern for community safety

June 21, 2013

The recent Doce Fire, just west of Prescott, highlights the threat to homes and property in communities across Arizona. According to news reports, the fire has burned more than 7,500 acres in Prescott National Forest and has prompted several hundred residents to evacuate in a number of nearby neighborhoods. Dry and windy conditions continue to contribute to an outbreak of wildfires across the state and much of the west, including New Mexico, California and Colorado; many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program tops 900th community mark

May 17, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program reached a milestone and announced the 900th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site. The city of Lakeway in Travis County, Texas is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residents’ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires.

Upper Midwest wildfires raise concern for community safety

May 16, 2013

Recent wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin highlight the threat to homes and property in communities across the Midwest. According to news reports, the Germann Road Fire in Douglas and Bayfield Counties in northwest Wisconsin burned 9,000 acres while just across the border in northern Minnesota, the Green Valley Fire has consumed more than 7,000 acres. Dry and windy conditions continue to contribute to an outbreak of wildfires across both states, and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.

NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 34 official Firewise communities

May 09, 2013

The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program is honoring 34 official Firewise communities from 17 states as they each celebrate a 10-year anniversary of continued participation and successes in reducing wildfire risks. The communities were nationally recognized in 2004, and were among the earliest adopters of the Firewise Communities/USA process.

Southern California wildfires raise concerns for community safety

May 03, 2013

The recent Springs Fire in Ventura County near Malibu, on the Pacific Coast, highlights the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across California. Driven by windy, dry conditions, the fire has burned close to 8,000 acres and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.

Patti Maguire joins NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program as regional advisor

April 30, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program named Patti Maguire the Firewise advisor for its Southwest 2 Region to help expand the association’s community wildfire safety activities. Maguire will join the program’s five existing regional advisors and oversee Firewise activities in communities in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

Patti Maguire joins NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program as regional advisor

April 30, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program named Patti Maguire the Firewise advisor for its Southwest 2 Region to help expand the association’s community wildfire safety activities. Maguire will join the program’s five existing regional advisors and oversee Firewise activities in communities in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

NFPA releases new WUI best practices guide for planners and regulators

April 25, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the release of a new best practices guide, Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation. The guide is designed to help planners and regulators considering wildfire regulations to understand their options and implement a successful public process for adoption effective wildland/urban interface (WUI) tools that match local needs. Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation is available through NFPA’s wildland fire safety web page.

NFPA releases new wildfire DVD for small and local fire departments

April 12, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the release of a new DVD, Before the Smoke! Preparing Your Community for Wildfire (Strategies for Small & Volunteer Fire Departments). Aimed at small and volunteer fire departments in the wildland/urban interface (WUI), Before the Smoke! emphasizes the importance of relationship-building between local fire departments and residents, and how these partnerships can make a marked difference in a community’s effort to reduce its wildfire risk despite department budget cuts and limited fire suppression resources. The DVD is available at no charge through NFPA’s wildfire safety online catalog.

NFPA signs Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa’s FFA Non Profit Company

March 26, 2013