As Fire Prevention week rolls on, fire departments are sharing with residents valuable information about how working smoke alarms save lives. In New Mexico, the state forestry agency is taking the home fire safety message one step further and encouraging residents during Fire Prevention Week to also consider fire risk outside the home.
They’re promoting Firewise and other wildfire preparedness programs to raise awareness of land management, defensible space, and home construction techniques resistant to wildfire.
All of these efforts combine in a “Fire Adapted Community” that is taking an integrated approach with residents, public safety, local officials, land managers, insurance, and others to collectively confront their risk to wildfire.
The recently released Guide to Fire Adapted Communities explains these roles and provides a beneficial case study on local fuels management ordinances from Ruidoso, New Mexico.
The wooded mountain community of 9,500 residents is surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest and sees a large increase in summer residents visiting vacation homes. The village passed a set of fuel management ordinances to ensure defensible space around properties and works to advance the understanding of this valuable fire safety practice.
Learn more about the efforts in Ruidoso and how you can play your role in a Fire Adapted Community.
photo credit: Village of Ruidoso, NM