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On July 17, the California Fire Science Consortium hosted a panel of speakers to present "Firewise Communities: A Tool for WUI Residents," on a webinar. You can view it now on YouTube (above), or on the Consortium's website (coming soon). 

Phyllis Banducci with CAL FIRE and Katie Ziemann with the California Fire Safe Council discussed how their organizations partner to administer the Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program within California. Pat Durland with Stone Creek Fire LLC provided information about the "Assessing Wildfire Risks in the Home Ignition Zone" workshops he coordinates on behalf of NFPA. There are three coming up this fall that anyone can participate in. 

I gave an overview of Firewise history and principles and demonstrated the Firewise Mapper tool that identifies recognized Firewise communities throughout the nation.

From my point of view, this webinar was a great opportunity for all presenters to educate viewers, answer questions, and demonstrate our collaboration and common goals in the pursuit of safer communities.

--Michele Steinberg

Russian Delegates
During the week of June 25-29, Molly Mowery, project manager for NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division, co-hosted a group of Russian delegates in Colorado with the USDA Forest Service International Programs. Many of their pre-planned tour activities took them to locations affected by devastating fires, including the Waldo Canyon Fire outside Colorado Springs, and the Flagstaff Fire near Boulder. Despite the unique circumstances, the group learned about on-the-ground outreach and mitigation efforts, including the Firewise Communities Program.   

Says Molly, “This was a great experience to work with natural resource professionals from all corners of Russia, including the director of the new Land of the Leopard national park, Fire Prevention Chief for a region outside Moscow, and public educators hoping to reduce black carbon emissions in Siberia.”

The delegates will take back lessons learned from the U.S. and explore ways to apply them in a Russian context.

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