Champions for wildfire safety can be found throughout our country's high-risk areas and might take the shape of an individual "sparkplug" who leads community volunteer action, a proactive fire department offering prevention education and risk assessment as well as fire recovery services, or a faith-based group on a mission to help people prepare for and recover from disaster. In 2020, the national Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has found wonderful examples of all three.
The awards are co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS). They honor and recognize individuals and organizations for innovation, dedication, and leadership in wildfire mitigation.
The winners of the 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are:
- Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group Volunteers (Monument, Colorado) (recently featured in one of NFPA's Sites of Excellence blogs)
- Montecito Fire Department (Santa Barbara, California)
- Ernie Lory (Placerville, California)
The 2020 Wildfire Mitigation Awards will be presented at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday, March 25. For more information, visit www.stateforesters.org/mitigation.