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*+Call for Presentations !|border=0|src=|alt=Conference web banner3|title=Conference web banner3|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c3221360a970b image-full!
+*NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division is seeking educational session presentations for the 2013 Backyards & Beyond Wildfire Education Conference where a widely diverse audience of leading wildfire experts, emergency responders, community planners, Firewise® community representatives, residents, insurance professionals, landscape architects and others come together to network and share
best practices.


Submit your presentation onlineby Monday, December 31, 2012 and share your expertise and story on key wildfire issues under any of the following topics:

    • Community Safety Approaches and Strategies

    • Home Construction & Landscape Design

    • Research (Physical, Social, Ecology and Environmental)

    • Technology, Policy & Regulations

    • Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations

IMG-20120919-00335In light of the five-year anniversary of the 2007 fires in California, it is great to see communities in the southern half of the state organizing themselves in collaboration with their authorities having jurisdiction, to gain national recognition as Firewise communities! What a pleasant surprise it was to meet one of California's newest Firewise communities, Orange County’s, The Canyons, at a Wild Land Fire Prevention Conference sponsored by the California Fire Safe Council and an insurance company. They were eager to share their Firewise story. They are already working on overlapping ignition zones in their community, the road frontage on everyone's private property.  Sonja Powell, the Orange County Assistant Fire Marshal who assisted them, is happy to see the great progress that they have made in one year already!  And stay tuned! Another Firewise community, Cowan Heights, has just turned in their application!

Want more information about how your community can become an official recognized Firewise site? Check out our website and our newest Firewise toolkit, where you can find facts about the Firewise Communities Program, checklists for homeowners and so much more! !|src=|alt=Age of western wildfires|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Age of western wildfires|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d3c48de4d970c!Climate Central a non-profit organization that conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings recently published a report on September 19, titled ‘The Age of Western Wildfires’.   According to the report  the 2012 wildfire season isn’t over yet and the year is shaping up to be one of the worst on record in the western United States. the report’s findings are:

  • The number of large and very large fires on Forest Service land is increasingly dramatically. Compared to the average year in the 1970s, in the past decade there were: seven times more fires greater than 10,000 acres each year, nearly five times more fires larger than 25,000 acres each year, and twice as many fires over 1,000 acres each year, with an average of more than 100 per year from 2002 through 2011, compared with less than 50 during the 1970s.

  • In some states the increase in wildfires is even more dramatic. Since the 1970s the average number of fires over 1,000 acres each year has nearly quadrupled in Arizona and Idaho, and has doubled in California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

  • On average, wildfires burn twice as much land area each year as they did 40 years ago. In the past decade, the average annual burn area on Forest Service land in the West has exceeded 2 million acres - more than all of Yellowstone National Park.

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