faithberry

Hubs can create successful fire adapted communities

Blog Post created by faithberry Employee on Sep 21, 2012

Many successful fire adapted communities such as Prescott, Arizona and Nevada County, California have developed unique wildland-urban interface organizations to collaboratively address community wildfire risk.  They mobilize Firewise® community efforts with a central group like the hub of a wheel and many smaller communities acting like spokes of a wheel supporting the mission of the central group.

Hub_4
Image 1: A conceptual representation of the 'hub' organizational structure

The smaller groups (such as homeowner associations), develop local efforts in their neighborhoods to compliment the mission of the central group. These groups all together work collaboratively with agency partners developing large scale plans or Community Wildfire Protection Plans that focus efforts on a large scale by examining assets at risk, topography, fire history, vegetation and fuels class, mitigating structural ignitability, weather and prevailing winds to develop a long range plan that identifies priorities of the community’s fire prevention efforts. The smaller communities then complete assessments of their community wildfire risks collaboratively with agency partners and their authority having jurisdiction to
create a community firewise risk assessment, prioritize an action plan, develop a board, organize and host a Firewise Day and complete $2.00 per capita in Firewise work in order to receive national recognition as Firewise Communities/USA® site. Together they support a host of efforts including Ready Set Go, Citizen Emergency Response Groups (CERT), ham radio efforts, Red Cross Shelters, Home Ignition Zone Classes and others.

Are you living in a Fire Adapted Community? Are you ready in the event of a wildfire? Become the 'sparkplug' that helps to get your community ready in the event of a wildfire. You can learn how to become a part of this national Fire Adapted Communities initiative by visiting the following sites www.fireadapted.org, www.firewise.org, and www.wildlandfirersg.org

Outcomes