!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb081d2bce970d-800wi|border=0|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb081d2bce970d-800wi|alt=Indian Country|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Indian Country|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01bb081d2bce970d img-responsive!Part of the US Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Branch of Wildland Fire Management oversees activities on more than 55 million acres of land held in trust by the U.S. for Native Americans in the U.S., Native American tribes, and Alaska Natives . !http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7794002970b-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7794002970b-320wi|alt=Native Smokey|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Native Smokey|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef01b7c7794002970b img-responsive!
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ website offers a host of information to communities to help with the prevention of human caused fires as well as mitigating the negative effects of wildland fire to tribal homes and people. Firewise Communities/USA® is a featured resource.
There is also a link to information about bridging science and a traditional knowledge of fire, campfire safety, youth fire prevention, arson prevention and reporting along with posters and videos.
According to the BIA website :
“The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal Wildfire Prevention programs across the country provide leadership, training and guidance to develop strategies to reduce the number of human caused fires on Indian Reservations. Prevention program staff work closely with tribal leaders and communities to:
- Implement reservation wide burn permit systems
- Raise public awareness regarding human caused fires
- Develop community wildfire protection plans
- Invite community involvement to mitigate wildfire activity
- Implement youth fire setter intervention programs
- Conduct origin and cause wildfire investigations
- Develop or revise Tribal Law and Order Codes pertaining to wildfire crimes.
- Develop trespass cases from resource damaging wildfires”