Staying prepared by staying informed

Blog Post created by aronanderson Employee on Aug 5, 2013

Authored by: David R. Godwin, FAC Amabassador


&#0160;<em>Where to find timely wildland fire information


Part of

being a member of a Fire Adapted Community means staying connected and staying

informed.&#0160; Do you know where to find up

to date wildland fire incident information from reliable and trusted sources?&#0160; Do you know how to monitor wildfire activity

in your state?


For many people access to

information has never been easier.&#0160;&#0160;

Twenty-four hours a day many of us have the ability to tune into

televisions, radios, newspapers, magazines and the internet to find a wealth of

news and information.&#0160; This access brings

problems of filtering and screening: how do we find the best sources of

information when we need it?

For current or emerging wildfire incidents,
nearly all wildland fire management agencies have public information officers
or teams dedicated to sharing and disseminating event information.  These teams often manage multiple information
streams depending on their expertise, the needs of the audience, and the scale
of the event.  *For local wildland fire events, information can often be found on local
broadcast and print media websites.*  In
many cases, local newspaper and television station websites often contain
timely updates on events prior to printing or the evening newscast. 

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Firefighters work to manage a small wildfire in the Osceola National Forest in north Florida. Information from small local wildfires can often be found on print and broadcast media websites. For information about larger wildfires that garner national and regional attention, check out the InciWeb website. Photo Credit: David R. Godwin



some wildland fire agencies, the *Twitter* social media network has become an

emerging method of providing rapid updates on fire events.*&#0160;

In Florida, the Florida Forest Service (FFS) maintains active Twitter accounts for many of its fifteen multi-county

districts.&#0160; Coordinated by local FFS

Wildfire Mitigation Specialists, these accounts have been used to provide up to

the minute public information on wildfire detections, fire spread and movement,

wildfire location maps, and suppression activities.



events large enough to garner regional and national attention can be tracked

using the federal interagency *InciWeb* website.*&#0160;

InciWeb includes frequently updated information for wildland fire

incidents across the country.&#0160; InciWeb

updates vary in frequency depending on the incident and agency submitting the

information, but they typically include descriptions of the event location, evacuation

zones, fire behavior, fuel and weather conditions, management resources, maps,

photos, and links to related external websites.&#0160;

Abbreviated InciWeb updates can also be found on the Twitter account @InciWeb . </p>


you monitor the wildfire situation in your area this summer, be sure to also

check out the NFPA Fire Break

and the Fire Adapted Communities blogs for news and tips on preparing your home

and community for wildand fire events.&#0160;

Finally, while you’re on Twitter, connect with the NFPA Firewise program

on the account @Firewise .