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Faith Berry
Photo submitted by Krys Nystrom The news is full of horrifying and sad stories, especially in the aftermath of the California wildfires.  So much tragedy, it is heartbreaking.  When I was in New Mexico connecting with residents, Krys Nystrom, project manager for the Wildfire Network, introduced me to a very positive story about New Mexico young… (Show more)
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Lucian Deaton
We need to understand how local demographics influence risk preparedness and evacuation. A field tour I recently participated in to see how communities rebuilt following massive bushfires in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, in October 2013, provides great examples for us all on lessons in action.   In early September, I had the… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
Photo of page from Quickseries Publishing   In honor of Fire Prevention Week and thanks to the good work of the Mid-Atlantic Forest Fire Protection Compact and the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Commission along with QuickSeries Publishing, a free mobile app in both English and Spanish is now available to help people prepare for and recover… (Show more)
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Lucian Deaton
Current wildfires around Coimbra, Portugal, have claimed over 30 lives in a country still coming to terms with the loss of 64 people in wildfires this summer. It is a hard and painful truth that the impacts of wildfire are shared globally, as we here in the United States see official reports of 41 deaths in California from wildfires that continue… (Show more)
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Angelo Verzoni
  As deadly wildfires are devastating California, "Only the Brave," a movie about the 19 hotshot firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona in 2013, hits theaters next Friday. I wrote about the movie in "Too Soon?" in the current issue of NFPA Journal.   For the article, I had a chance to speak with Brian Henington, a… (Show more)
Michele Steinberg
As I write this on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 11, 2017, firefighters in California are battling 22 large wildfires that have burned nearly 170,000 acres - most of that acreage in 8 counties in the northern part of the state. According to CAL FIRE, firefighters are bracing for the winds to shift this evening and increase in speed.… (Show more)
Michele Steinberg
  In just over 24 hours, more than 14 wildfires in eight northern California counties have spread to homes and businesses, destroying some 1,500 structures, according to a Los Angeles Times report. Nevada, Sonoma, Napa, Yuba and Butte counties are some of the areas where the wind-driven fires are triggering mandatory evacuation orders for… (Show more)
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Megan Fitzgerald-McGowan
  One of the things I enjoy most working with a program like Firewise USA™ is the opportunity to visit communities and see firsthand the actions they are taking to prepare and protect their homes from wildfire. In late September, the community of Nassau Oaks near Callahan, FL, kindly welcomed me as I attended their annual Wildfire Community… (Show more)
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Faith Berry
Photo shared by LA City Fire According to their website; the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization (IAB) are a loosely organized voluntary collaborative panel or board comprised mainly of first responders sanctioned by the US Attorney General and founded by the Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Investigation Weapons of Mass… (Show more)
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