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Annual communities at risk to wildfire report

Blog Post created by Hylton Haynes Employee on Mar 30, 2013

The National Association of State Foresters  (NASF) recently published the FY 2012 Communities at Risk (CAR) report.  The purpose of the report is to determine progress in identifying communities at risk and developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs).

Image: US regional map showing total communities at risk (CAR); communites covered by a CWPP, recognized Firewise Communities/USA sites and communities at reduced risk for FY2012. source: NASF & NFPA.

In summary there are over 72,000 communities at risk in the United States, with 20% covered by a CWPP or equivalent. A little less than 4,000 or  6 percent of these communities at risk are considered to be in a 'reduced risk' status due to the wildfire mitigation activities they have already implemented and continue to maintain.

Based on the NASF report, one can reason that there is still a lot of wildfire mitigation work needed.  In addition to learning about CWPP's please visit the following websites to learn more on how your community can effectively reduce its wildfire risk: Fire Adapted Communities, Firewise and Ready, Set, Go!