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Learn more about the latest progress in the 2012 Firewise Communities/USA/Project report. It has been a wonderful year for the National Fire Protection Association  in support of all the Firewise Communities/USA sites.  A big congratulations to all the folks throughout our nation who make this Federally supported outreach program  a huge success.   


 

To help continue this fantastic momentum participate in the 2013  Firewise Communities/USA recognition program challenge.   


 

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!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d-320wi|alt=Cover|width=261|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Cover|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d|height=314!There are many audiences that NFPA reaches out to: homeowners, foresters, community leaders, fire practitioners, and development professionals.&#0160; In recent years we have made a special push to work with this last category – particularly planners and regulators.&#0160; Although this group is sometimes overlooked because they aren’t seen as a traditional audience for addressing wildfire concerns, their potential role is significant. As preferences for second homes and suburban lifestyles increase, so does the wildland-urban interface.&#0160; Planners and regulators are in a unique position to address development through regulations and better site planning that consider wildfire hazard.&#0160;

To further encourage the involvement of planners and regulators in addressing the wildland-urban interface, NFPA contracted with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use planning and law firm, to create a best practices guide, “Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation.”  This guide is designed to help planners and local communities considering wildfire regulations better understand their options and implement a successful public process to adopt effective wildland-urban interface tools that match local needs. 


[A free PDF copy is now available | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//wildland/WildfireBestPracticesGuide.pdf].  Download your copy today, and get sound technical advice and legal justifications for adoptions of wildfire regulations, tips on what planners should do before the community embarks on a formal wildfire safety regulation adoption process, and appropriate community tools to address wildfire risk.  

 

Fire BreakThe April issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s wildland fire newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you’ll find:

  • A link to the latest FAC report and video highlighting lessons learned from the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado
  • The wildfire division’s newest DVD that features three volunteer fire departments working closely with residents on wildfire safety programs
  • Information about NFPA’s newest best practices guide aimed at planners and regulators who play a significant role in protecting communities from wildfire
  • The Spring Firewise “How-To” newsletter that provides project ideas and tips to help homeowners prepare for wildfire season
  • Information about a recent report that provides suggestions for how communities can better plan for wildfire emergencies that includes supporting people with disabilities

… And lots more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you so don’t miss an issue! Subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your email address to our newsletter list.

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