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In response to requirements of the Federal Land Assistance, Management, and Enhancement (FLAME) Act of 2009, the Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) directed the development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Stategy).

As a part of this process and after public review, all three regions (west, southeast and northeast) have submitted their action plans to the WFLC for review. The Plans will be reviewed and considered for concurrence at the April 5, 2013, WFEC meeting. It is important to note Fire Adapted Communities is one of the main elements that is emphasized throughout the draft plans.  Wildfire mitigation strategies like Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), Firewise Communities/USA and Ready, Set, Go! programs feature prominently in support of this overarching approach.

Sweet Spot
Image:  Finding the 'sweet spot'; key elements of the National Cohesive Strategy

Wooden TilesNow, if we’re operating under the assumption that wildfire destroying homes and property should be avoided, there are a few vital steps to better protect your home. Roofs are exceptionally vulnerable to embers that blow in on the wind. So, non-flammable roof coverings as well as clean gutters are crucial.

Surrounding the house, clear out debris from beneath decks and porches, and keep a fuel free space 3-5 feet around the perimeter of your home. Be conscious of the effect that geography has on wildfire: while thinning vegetation within 30 feet of your home might work on level ground, fire moves more quickly uphill, so 50-100 feet would be safer if you live on a slope.

Find many more tips and tools in the Information and Resources section of Firewise.

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