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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire (#YLLDW) with funding from State Farm.  This yearlong campaign is aimed at helping to keep wildfire preparedness and safety priorities for people living in, and fire departments working in, high wildfire risk areas. 

There are three themes as part of this year-long campaign:  Plan, Act and Embrace.  The campaign and its partners will be promoting neighborhood activities, information resources, workshops and success stories across the NFPA website, Facebook pages, and Twitter and blog feeds. Learn how you can play a part in this critical preparedness campaign.  The NFPA is looking forward to partnering with State Farm and with you through this campaign to make your home and community more resilient in the event of a wildfire.  Think about how you would like to participate to make a difference locally.

Check out the Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire web page for ideas, tips and tools. And let us know how YOU plan to live less dangerously from wildfire this year!

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In the winter issue of the Firewise How-to Newsletter, Elaine Bush, MSU Extension educator for Manistee County, Mich., discusses how a bulletin created by the MSU Extension provides information to residents looking for ways to reduce the risk of plants igniting during a wildfire.

She explains that using fire-resistant plants can help reduce the chances of a homes igniting during a wildfire, though reminds us that all plants will burn if they become dry enough and are exposed to enough heat. 

Along with the bulletin, Michigan Firewise staff member Brad Neumann developed a document that offers sample zoning language that could be incorporated into a community's zoning ordinance to address wildfire mitigation in response to homeowners and local officials who asked what further measures could be taken to protect their communities.

Read the full article in the How-to Newsletter.

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Activities of all types that increase wildfire awareness, improve risk factors, or post-fire impacts and implemented on the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 2, 2015, are eligible to receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5 and applications must be received by 11:59pm ET. Monetary support for the project awards was generously provided by State Farm.

Applying for a project funding award is easy; the process is simple and takes only a few minutes to complete. To be eligible, applicants must provide a short overview that outlines the project’s details, the resulting benefits, along with a description of how, where and who will be implementing the activity on Saturday, May 2.

After submitting an application participants are encouraged to solicit support for their project from friends, family and neighbors by asking them to vote for their favorite project idea using the “Vote Now” feature on WildfirePrepDay.org and the Firewise Facebook page. An NFPA panel will review applications and select sixty-five project award recipients. A project’s total # of votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the applications selected to receive a funding award. For official rules visit WildfirePrepDay.org. Recipients will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015. 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. In 2014, individual projects completed on the designated day covered a wide-range of activities and were implemented by a diverse size of participants ranging from a single individual, to a group of high school students and entire neighborhoods. Last year’s grassroots efforts included an array of actions that increased risk awareness levels and brought neighbors and stakeholders together to improve an area's preparedness and resiliency; while also making it safer for firefighters to defend homes in a future wildfire.

Visit WildfirePrepDay.org and check out the promotional templates and materials that can be used to promote activities. There’s even an extensive list of potential project ideas to help get you started, or browse through the 2014 project photo album and get motivated by seeing last year's accomplishments. Start coordinating a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project/event today!  

 

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In this feature of the winter issue of the Firewise How-to Newsletter, it is shown that the most effective way of reducing wildfire risk is by spreading information, knowledge, and know-how across fire-prone communities. Those people who maintain their own defensible space are more likely to have neighbors who also maintain their defensible space.

In addition to motivating those within a community, data also suggests that where individuals get wildfire-related information matters. Findings show that higher levels of mitigation are linked to residents talking about wildfire with their neighbors.

While programs and policies can be effective in getting homeowners to mitigate risk, it seems when neighbors encourage each other it can lead to more meaningful and long-lasting landscape-level changes.

Read the full article in the How-to Newsletter

Join FEMA, NFPA, American Red Cross, University of Colorado-Denver, the Montana Governor's Office of Community Service and other organizations on Thursday, February 26 at 2 PM EST for a Twitter chat and one of the biggest preparedness conversations in 2015! AP

The hour-long chat (#PrepareAthon) will focus on emergency preparedness and provide answers to a host of questions around FEMA's America's PrepareAthon! campaign held on April 30. Find out how to participate, where to find resources to get your started, project ideas and more.

The spring PrepareAthon campaign (the fall portion of the campaign to be held on September 30)  is an excellent way to jump start individual and community preparedness activities you may have planned for May 2 for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Prep Day). 

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to hear about projects and ideas that can help you with your wildfire preparedness plans. By participating in both the PrepareAthon and Prep Day you'll be going a long way to making your community a safer place to live.

Find out more about American's PrepareAthon on FEMA's webpage and stay tuned tomorrow for the Twitter chat! We hope to see you all there!

A research project completed by Woods Hole Research Center scientists Brendan Rogers, Amber J. Soja, Michael L. Goulden and James T Randerson that was a comparative analysis of boreal fires in America versus those that occur in Eurasia, came up with some interesting data, conclusions and observations regarding carbon and energy flow. 

According to Wikipedia, a boreal forest or tiaga in Eurasia (the world’s largest biome) is, “is a biome characterized by coniferous forests consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches.  It is found throughout the high northern latitudes, between the tundra, and the temperate forest, from about 50°N to 70°N, but with considerable regional variation.” These forests are located in the countries of Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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The picture on the left is of a lower intensity surface fire which is typical of tiaga forests in Eurasia (Photo is by Douglas Mc Cray on the Woods Hole website). The picture on the right is a high intensity crown fire in Canada. Photo by Brian Stocks of the Woods Hole website)

According to the researchers, “Wildfires are common in boreal forests around the globe and strongly influence ecosystem processes. However, North American forests support more high-intensity crown fires than Eurasia, where lower-intensity surface fires are common. These two types of fire can result in different net effects on climate as a consequence of their contrasting impacts on terrestrial albedo and carbon stocks. Eurasian fires were less intense, destroyed less live vegetation, killed fewer trees and generated a smaller negative shortwave forcing. As fire weather conditions were similar across continents, we suggest that different fire dynamics between the two continents resulted from their dominant tree species. In particular, species that have evolved to spread and be consumed by crown fires as part of their life cycle dominate North American boreal forests. In contrast, tree species that have evolved to resist and suppress crown fires dominate Eurasian boreal forests. We conclude that species-level traits must be considered in global evaluations of the effects of fire on emissions and climate.”

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The map above was found on the article, "Why America Has Stronger Forest Fires than Elsewhere in the World" by Ria Misra"

This information may be helpful in planning and preparing for wildfire events in these areas of North America.  What are your thoughts?

Featured in the winter issue of the Firewise How-to Newsletter, Jim Pauley recognizes the nearly 1100 active Firewise communities in the US for their ongoing efforts in reducing wildfire risk. As of this year, there are over 1.3 million Wildland Urban Interface residents living in Firewise communities.

Mitigation projects have been very successful in protecting homes and properties from the damaging risk of Wildfire thanks to the actions of these people. Their commitment and dedication are what drives and inspire even more people to participate in Wildfire prevention programs.

For those who will be renewing their end of the year renewal application, check out the renewal video on the Firewise homepage for more information.

 

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It’s with much anticipation and excitement that I share with you that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), FireSmart Canada, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and The Co-operators have announced the launch of the first annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Canada.

In both the U.S. and Canada, Saturday, May 2, 2015 has been designated as the date to promote participation in local community risk reduction projects and events; making it an international day of wildfire mitigation activities.

In a recent conversation with Kelly Johnston, Executive Director of Partners in Protection he shared that, “wildfires have always been a natural process in Canada’s forests, however, a changing climate, increasing large fire activity, and increasing development trends create a serious threat throughout Canada – putting neighborhoods, communities, the public, and firefighter safety at risk every year. Empowering community members to develop their own local solutions to reduce wildfire risk is essential and an opportunity for more communities throughout Canada to participate in the FireSmart Program." 

FireSmart is administered by Partners in Protection; a non-profit coalition of federal, provincial, first nations', private industry and municipal fire, emergency and land management experts. Through publications, programs, outreach training, and workshops, FireSmart provides tools for Canadians to become pro-active in reducing the risk of wildfire to their homes and communities. FireSmart programs and products are supported through membership and ongoing active support from organizations such as the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the National Fire Protection Association and The Co-operators. The FireSmart Communities program is similar to the Firewise Communities/USA Program.

I'm looking forward to sharing the many successes and testimonials that our friends to the north will experience May 2. Who knows, in 2016 we could be sharing news of Wildfire Community Preparedness Days in additional countries! 

 

According to an NBC article, CAL FIRE is hiring seasonal firefighters this year earlier than usual, to prepare for a potentially earlier than usual fire season.  Their hiring process was moved up to give recruits the opportunity to be trained and on duty a few weeks earlier than normal.  California has already had two wildfires the Van Dyke Fire and the Round Fire in February in which more than 7,000 acres were destroyed.


Wildfire Today an online magazine posted the newest CAL FIRE PSA warning residents to be ready for this year’s fire season.    


 

Are you ready?  The Firewise Communities website has many resources to help you and your community get ready.


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According to the Idaho Mountain Express, a 19 year old man named Mauricio Pedraza-Rodriguez was sentenced earlier this month to pay $8,100 dollars in restitution, two years of probation and 120 hours of community service for accidentally setting the July 6, 2014 Gulch Fire in Hailey, Idaho.  He had set off fireworks for the 4th of July holiday and in the process ignited a wildfire that scorched an area approximately 1 square mile and caused at least 20 residents to be evacuated from their homes.


In the fifth district court on February 9, 2015 he pled guilty to a misdemeanor, the malicious injury of property by fire to public lands.  The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) spent about $300,000 fighting the fire and additionally the Wood River Fire and Rescue spent about $40,000.


 

A few other instances where part of the sentencing for starting a wildfire has been restitution included a judgment against 3 men for starting the Colby Fire for 9.1 million dollars according to the Los Angeles Times, and restitution ordered in the amount of 2.7 million dollars toa Texas resident who started the Last Chance Fire in New Mexico according to Wildfire Today.


What do you think about the courts charging restitution fees as part of sentencing for arsonists who start wildfires? According to US Assistant Attorney Joseph O. Johns in the Los Angeles Times article, "Whether or not you start a fire intentionally or accidentally, if your actions cause a devastating wildfire, you are going to be held responsible. That may include a prison sentence. It may also include a very significant restitution order."


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Fire BReakThe February issue of Fire Break, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s issue:

  • An update on Prep Day and the community funding awards  
  • An invitation to the Prep Day webinar on March 12
  • The latest information on our redesigned “Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” course
  • A link to the winter Firewise “How To” newsletter

...and much more. We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don’t miss an issue! So subscribe today. It’s free! Just click here to add your e-mail address to our newsletter list.

South Carolina, the state that is hosting our Backyards & Beyond Conference this year in Myrtle Beach, has had four working wildland fires so far this year.  On the South Carolina Forestry Wildfire Activity Map you can see the location of each fire and if you click on the flame it will give you a description of the size and cause of the fire.  It was interesting to note that one fire was caused by children under 12 years of age, one by debris burning, one is labeled as miscellaneous which could be by any accidental means and one unknown.

According to their website, "The South Carolina Forestry Commission is responsible for protecting 13.6 million acres from wildland fire; this includes 12.2 million acres of commercial forestland.  The Forestry Commission has a statewide wildland fire prevention, detection and control network in place. 

Forestry Commission firefighters respond to more than 3,000 wildland fires burning about 20,000 acres per year; 98% of the wildland fires are caused by human activities. Fire departments respond to more than 20,000 grass, brush, woods, or rubbish fires per year."

As of February 13, 2015 there was a red flag warning issued by the State Of South Carolina Forestry Comission.  The commission gave notice to residents to use caution if they are grilling outside or burning slash.

There are  26 active Firewise Communities in South Carolina.  Are you a part of a Firewise Neighborhood in your state?  You can check the map on the Firewise website to see and if not contact your state representative or the Firewise offices in Denver or Quincy to see how your community can become Firewise this season.

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The image is from the February 13, 2015 press release of the South Carolina Forestry Commission

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The February 1st index has come out from the National Interagency Fire Center.  The next report will come out March 1st.  This index predicts an outlook through May.  With changing weather conditions this outlook could change.  According to the index predictions thus far, “this outlook represent the cumulative forecasts of the eleven Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit.”   The site further states, “The main objectives of the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlooks are to improve information available to fire management decision makers.  These assessments are designed to inform decision makers for proactive wildland fire management, thus better protecting lives and property, reducing firefighting costs and improving firefighting efficiency.” The Hawaiian Islands are an area predicted by this index with elevated fire risk for all three months.

 

Using information such as prevailing weather patterns like a warmer and dryer than usual winter for areas of the great plains and areas of the nation that have thus far also experienced lower than normal levels of precipitation, the index had an interesting outlook for the months of March through May. It indicates that states in the plains area such as Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and parts of Illinois have an elevated risk and an above normal fire risk exists for Wisconsin, parts of Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee Valley States.

 

While many of us all look forward to a warm spring season with no more snow shoveling, and the flurry of new life and flowers, let us also make plans to be Firewise.  Wildfires can and do happen throughout the nation.  It is everyone’s responsibility to make changes to our homes and surrounding landscape to survive a wildfire event.

 

The Map was produced by the Predictive Services, National Interagency Coordination Center in Boise Idaho on February 1, 2015.

The International Association of Fire Chief's WUI conference features some very interesting general sessions.  One 2-hour session  on March 25th features a discussion in which three guest speakers explore Fire Adapted Communities from the Federal, state and local levels. The three featured speakers are Jim Hubbard, Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry with the USDA Forest Service, who also served as the state forester in Colorado for 20 years; Ken Pimlott, the Director of CAL FIRE and California’s current state forester; and Justice Jones, the Fire Adapted Community Coordinator for the Austin, Texas, Fire Department.   Together these three speakers can provide a diverse look at Fire Adapted Communities.

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This session will take a look at Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) by these three experts on wildland fire and the role FAC plays in their agency scope.  They will discuss how through the implementation of policies and programs we all can collectively enhance the development of Fire Adapted Communities. 

Do you know your role in a Fire Adapted Community and what part you can play? Whether you are a first responder, homeowner, forester, or community leader, you can take part in making your community safer and in making 2015 a “Year of Living Less Dangerously from Wildfire".  Attending this conference will help you grow in your understanding not only about how your community can become a Fire Adapted Community but also provide you with other valuable lessons learned.

The University of Montana’s CoMotion Dance Project presented a dance performance called; +Fire Speaks the Land.  +This 50 minute performance is geared to K-6 students but has appeal for individuals aged1-101.  It is a 50 minute originally choreographed feature that also includes original narration and music to explain fire science, forest ecology and looks at Traditional American perspectives about fire.


 


The short trailer that I saw featured beautiful backdrops, the innovative use of a parachute, creative costumes, a cute look at a couple dousing a campfire and a view of the fire triangle.  It talked about fire having a place in forest ecology in a creative and engaging way for children.  This may be a good tool for families to engage small children in a discussion of wildfire that is not scary but rather help them develop a concept of the usefulness of fire in nature.


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Some parts of the United States are still digging out from snow and ice but in parts of California wildfire season has already begun. In Central California along the Eastern Sierra Mountains a devastating fire named the Round Fire burned through the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise.  It started on Friday February 6th and about 150 residents were evacuated from their homes.  A total of 40 homes and outbuildings were destroyed.  This fire started near a highway 395 by Inyo and Mono Counties and was fanned by high winds and drought like conditions.  The fire consumed an area 11 square miles and firefighters were assisted by rains in containing the fire.  Residents were not able to return to their properties until the 11th of February in the late afternoon due to hazards created by the fire such as downed power lines.


 

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This photo of burnt out vehicles and homes in Swall Meadows, California by Michele Rindelsap of the Daily News


 

According to the CAL FIRE Website :  “Residents will need to use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes.  Structural instability, hot ash pockets and fire weakened chimneys pose a risk for injury.  Hazardous chemicals may remain in the ash and soil.”


Our hearts go out to the residents of these communities.  It is hard losing items that may be irreplaceable or have sentimental value.  The valuable lesson is that there are no longer set fire seasons.  It is important to make Firewise improvements year round.


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North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

At the meeting for the North Eastern Forest Fire Protection Compact that I attended in Maine, I met a new group that was formed out of a need for the compact to gain knowledge of fire science research locally and be able to provide foresters with field trip and webinar opportunities.  NE Compact 2This new group is called The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange (NAFSC).The NAFSC is the newest member of the Joint Fire Science Program.   They are also developing webinar opportunities that might be of interest for North Atlantic States and our neighbors in Canada.  

They have forwarded to us here at the NFPA a webinar opportunity, Fire scars record the dynamics of ecosystem combustion in the Northeast.  The presenter is Dr. Richard Guyette from the University of Missouri.This free webinar will be held February 26, 2015 at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time.

It will cover the question, what can fire scars tell us about wildland fire rates in the Northeast under a changing climate? In the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange's second webinar, Dr. Richard Guyette will discuss the application of a combustion model derived from fire scar data to predict fire probability in the Northeast.  Stay tuned for more free webinar opportunities to grow your knowledge of fire science.

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Fire scars evident from 1820, 1827, 1851, 1871, 1891, and 1925. Photo by Lauren Howard. 

This webinar is an excellent opportunity for land managers, wildland firefighters, Firewise Community members, college students, and researchers to get an interesting look at this field of study. Stay tuned to the Fire Break for more free webinar opportunities in the future.

NFPA’s research team completed a two-day fire data summit last week to collaboratively develop plans and strategies for enhancing the upcoming “Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service” survey.

Stakeholders who attended the summit and are actively participating in this initiative include:

The next edition of the survey is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2016, and represents the fourth edition of the document. The first was released in 2001 with great success, and was published by the U.S. Congress’ Joint Council on Foreign Relations.

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The “Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service” survey is distributed to all U.S. fire departments, and works to capture a wealth of data. Widespread participation from the fire service helps accurately identify the needs and gaps of departments nationwide, and ultimately serves as a benchmark for making essential changes and improvements.

“I’m incredibly excited about the direction the needs assessment survey is taking,” said Lori Moore-Merrell, IAFF’s assistant to the general president. “We’re working toward a real transformation from what the data offers right now, and expanding it to be a powerful tool that more robustly and actively supports the fire service, along with related NFPA standards.”

As part of this week’s summit, the stakeholders discussed methods for improving survey distribution methods and response rates; capturing more data from fire departments; and generating sub-reports at the state and local level that fire departments can use to further their community goals and efforts.

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The public education division of NFPA is accepting applications for the Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium for the recipient, travel to the NFPA annual conference for an award presentation, and a $1,000 donation to the local fire department to support public education activities.

I talked with our current Educator of the Year, Samantha Hoffmann, public fire and life safety officer for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Barrie Ontario, about what the award has meant to her.

LB: What has happened for you since winning the award?

SH: Being named Educator of the Year has definitely elevated my profile in both my department and community. Receiving this award helped to build my credibility. I have been contacted by numerous departments and companies across Canada and have been asked to join different boards, panels and organizations, which has allowed me to share my experiences and knowledge and promote educational messaging. 

LB: What has the award done for your fire department?

SH: Aside from the bonus of the $1000 donation to support public education activities, the broader benefit to the department is that we have been give more freedom corporately.  It has given us positive public relations, heightened exposure in the community, and helped strengthen our public messaging. 

LB: How did it feel to walk across the stage at the NFPA conference to receive the award?

SH: I found it humbling. Since I have been in the fire service and fire safety field for so many years, I am well aware of the number of excellent fire safety educators we have in Canada, let alone North America. 

LB: Why is this award important?

SH: It  helps to reinforce program direction, recognizes the talent and hard work of the entire department, motivates educators to look at their programs and compare them to best practices, and provides public relations opportunities and value.

The application deadline for the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year Award is February 20, 2015.

6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7454d5d970b-450wi.jpgPlan a wildfire awareness, risk reduction, or post-fire improvement project for the second annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 2, 2015, and your activity could receive one of sixty-five $500 project funding awards. Monetary support for the project awards and additional outreach efforts was generously provided by State Farm.

 

Applying for a project funding award is easy and only takes a few minutes to complete. To be eligible applicants need to provide a short overview outlining the project’s details and describing the resulting benefits, along with a description of how, where and who will be implementing the activity on May 2. Applications can be submitted through Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm ET.

 

After submitting an application participants are encouraged to solicit support for their project from friends, family and neighbors by asking them to vote for their favorite project idea using the “Vote Now” feature on WildfirePrepDay.org and the Firewise Facebook page. An NFPA panel will review applications and select sixty-five project award recipients. A project’s total # of votes will be considered in NFPA’s final determination of the applications selected to receive a funding award. For official rules visit WildfirePrepDay.org. Recipients will be announced Monday, March 10, 2015.

 

The number of awards being distributed this year is a 325% increase over those provided in 2014 when twenty projects nationwide were recipients.

 

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provides an opportunity for people of all ages to participate in a risk reduction or preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. In 2014, individual projects completed on the day covered a wide-range of activities involving from a few people, to large groups and entire homeowner associations. The myriad of grassroots efforts last year included an array of actions that increased risk awareness levels and brought neighbors and stakeholders together to improve an area's preparedness and resiliency; while also making it safer for firefighters to defend homes in a future wildfire.

 

Visit WildfirePrepDay.org and check out the promotional templates and materials that can be used to promote activities. There’s even an extensive list of potential project ideas to help get you started, or browse through the 2014 project photo album and get motivated by seeing last year's accomplishments. Start coordinating a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project/event today!

 

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National Geographic produced a very short video that is featured on line as part of their adventure series about wildland firefighters .  Videographer Mark Thiessen in +Fighting Wildfires +presents some interesting video that gives you an up close glimpse of what it takes to be a wildland firefighter.  His videos give you somewhat of an idea minus the heat and smoke of the conditions that these brave men and women work in.  He also shows a short glimpse of fire behavior as it changes from early morning to midday.  It is an interesting view into this occupation and the dedication of the men and women who serve in this capacity.


 

We all have a part to play to make communities safer in the event of a wildfire and at the same time create safer conditions for these brave wildland firefighters to be able to do their job by implementing Firewise principles.


The wildfire image above is from the National Geographic video.


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