The Huffington Post’s online “HuffPost Green” provided this headline today: Arizona Monster Wildfire Part Of New Era Of More And Bigger Wildfires. It just so happens this statement has always been a large part of the Firewise message. Wildland fires have continued to increase over the past few years so we need to be prepared, take action and reduce our risk. According to the article, “The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey studied fires of more than 1,000 acres and found that from 1984 to 1999 an average of 2.2 million acres nationally burned each year. From 2000 to 2008, the acreage destroyed annually rose to 6.4 million acres.” It’s a mind boggling number.
Stephen J. Pyne of Arizona State University, author of "Year of the Fires: The Story of the Great Fires of 1910” was interviewed for the story, and shared his insight into what’s possibly happening. Stephen visited NFPA in April to talk to us about wildfire as he gathers research for his new book. Check out our earlier blog about his visit and what he’s working on.
In the meantime, it’s never too late to talk to your neighbors and get involved. And we want to help. Visit www.firewise.org to learn more about Firewise principles and how they can help you prepare for a possible wildfire in your area.