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At the California Fire Safe Council’s recent *Wildfire Prevention
Regional Conference*, I met many Fire Safe Council members that also were
recognized[ Firewise Communities/USA | http://www.firewise.org/usa] sites. These included Yankee Hill, Napa, Trinity County
communities and Humboldt County communities.
Participating in both programs has helped these communities become even
more successful Fire Adapted Communities .
Many communities have incorporated +Ready, Set, Go!+programming through their
local fire jurisdiction as well.
One of the presentations shared at the conference was
“Firesafe, Firewise and Fire Adapted!," by Katie Ziemann of the California Fire
and Phyllis Banducci with CAL FIRE .
The presentation explained how Fire Safe Councils in California can also
become nationally recognized Firewise Communities.  Kate Ziemann shared about the Firewise Throw
Down and the challenge to create 1,000 Firewise Communities by the end of 2013.
Many communities were excited about this challenge and the opportunity to win a
$5,000 award for contract work in the community.
For more information about how your community
can take the steps to become a nationally recognized Firewise Community and
participate in the challenge go to the Firewise website at www.firewise.org
+Photo Credit: Faith Berry. This photo shows Linda from the Lake County Firesafe Council and a member of the YankeeHill Firewise Community/Firesafe Council proudly holding their FirewiseCommunities/USA sign.+