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Thursday, April 11, 2013

NFPA: Wildfire Safety

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Firewise Communities
The Firewise Communitiesprogram encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others. Firewise is a program of NFPA and co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.
Fire Adapted Communities
NFPA, The US Forest Service and a coalition of wildland fire safety agencies are collaborating on an initiative to promote Fire Adapted Communities, a concept designed to provide citizens with information and resources to enable them to collaboratively reduce their wildfire risk.

Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past fifty years.
In the past decade, wildfires have burned over 59 million acres of these lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2012 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over nine million acres burned. Decreasing fire risk in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) is a huge challenge, but NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division continues to work with organizations around the globe and across the country to raise awareness of and provide resources to communities to help them lower their risk of damage from wildfire. 

A Case Study from Colorado Springs and the Waldo Canyon Fire
The Fire Adapted Communities Coalition has released a report, "Lessons from Waldo Canyon” and this companion video. Learn more about Fire Adapted Communities.

NFPA's latest news about wildland fires

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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