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Firewise News

NFPA announces first Colorado Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service

March 19, 2013

Firewise Communities today announced its first Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service to be piloted in Colorado on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Fire Adapted Communities coalition announces release of wildfire report and video

March 15, 2013

The Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition has announced the release of a new report, “Lessons from Waldo Canyon” and a companion video, “Creating Fire Adapted Communities: A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire.” Both the video and report will be available through the Fire Adapted Communities website on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

5th Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference slated for Salt Lake City

January 25, 2013

Registration for the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 5th Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference is now available online. The conference will be held November 14 – 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah where experts and stakeholders will gather to discuss wildfire safety issues and best practices for reducing risks. With more than 50 breakout sessions in five educational tracks, the Backyards and Beyond conference offers leading wildland fire experts, community planners, civic leaders, homeowners and residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects, and physical and social researchers and scientists an opportunity to build relationships and explore answers to important wildland fire safety questions that can be taken back to communities and the workplace.

Firewise launches national wildfire safety challenge for communities

January 16, 2013

The Firewise® Communities Program announced its new national wildfire safety challenge for communities. The “1,000 Safer Places: Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program Challenge” encourages residents across the country to take steps to combat the threat of wildfire and reduce the damage fire can do to homes and property.

Firewise Communities Program tops 800th community mark

November 16, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program today reached a milestone in announcing the 800th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site. Vansant Mobile Home Park #2 in Cullman County, Alabama, is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residents’ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires. And it’s the first to showcase the efforts of a state forestry staffer whose commitment included her own investment in mitigation work on her property.

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.