In one of the Friday morning sessions here at the Backyards & Beyond conference, Faith Berry, NFPA's southwest regional Firewise advisor, talked to an engaged and interested audience about three critical wildfire safety assessments: a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), a Firewise Communities neighborhood assessment and a home assesment. In her discussion, Faith not only talked about the different components of each, but also, how they work together in creating a larger fire adapted community. In Faith's words, by changing the character of a home ignition zone, you may save a structure. By modifying a community's ignition zone, you have the opportunity for altering the path of a wildfire for the entire area.
The takeaway: by addressing wildfire at all scales and collaborating with more people on these assessments, your plans will be better written, more people will understand the problem and their risk, and ultimately, given this great information, they will be moved to action.
Find additional resources on the NFPA wildfire webpage regarding the home ignition zone and CWPPs. You can also find information about NFPA's HIZ workshops that may be in your area. If you need additional help, Faith, along with our five additional NFPA Firewise regional advisors are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide additional resources as you need them.