Sue Tone of the Prescott, Arizona, Daily Courier provides the background on the creation of the "Project Andrew" video in her recent article, "Collaborative efforts for fire safety video debut." The family of fallen firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, who died with 18 of his fellow Granite Mountain Hotshot crew members at Yarnell Hill in 2013, has helped initiate not only a new Firewise USA® site near the Prescott National Forest, but has also joined in collaboration with multiple agencies on a fuels mitigation Forest Stewardship Plan.
As the article notes, Yavapai County ranks 4th in the nation for numbers of Firewise USA sites in good standing. Timber Ridge in Prescott, the county seat, was the first Firewise USA site when the program began in 2002. The Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission, or PAWUIC, has been active for even longer than the Firewise program, bringing agencies and landowners together around wildfire safety since 1990. Yet the need for collaborative efforts and fire adapted community action has never been greater, as wildfires continue as a growing threat.
"Project Andrew: A Yavapai Firewise Community in Arizona" is just over 6 minutes and well worth a view of what can be done to reduce wildfire risks across private and public lands. The "healing haven" that Tom Ashcraft, his wife Jenn, and so many others are helping create is a true testament to his son's mission of protecting life and property from wildfire.