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Fire Break newsletterThe July issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • A new fact sheet that explains how roofs ignite in a wildfire and the steps you can take to reduce its vulnerability
  • A strategy for how to use the right words to help increase wildfire safety engagement and participation
  • Research examining structural fire spread and how it’s helping address the growing wildfire problem

 

And much more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don't miss an issue and subscribe today. It's free! Just add your email address to our newsletter list.

The June issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • A link to a segment about the U.S. wildfire problem featured on the Sunday evening news program, 60 Minutes
  • Information about how to keep your summer yard work projects from starting a brush, grass or forest fire
  • An in-depth look at the Warren Grove Fire that ignited 10 years ago in New Jersey and what the community learned post-fire
  • A webinar that explores the powerful force of embers

 

And much more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don't miss an issue and subscribe today. It's free! Just add your email address to our newsletter list.

The March issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • A blog that speaks to the effect a wildfire has on local businesses
  • Key takeaways from a study that shows humans are the leading cause of wildfires
  • A link to a recent webinar that discusses U.S. fire service response capabilities to wildfire
  • An infographic that highlights the successes of the Firewise program in 2016

...and more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don't miss an issue and subscribe today. It's free! Just add your email address to our newsletter list.

February Fire Break NewsletterThe February issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

 

  • A first of its kind report that takes a look at WUI fire departments’ wildfire preparedness and readiness capabilities
  • A recent NASA study that points to a connection between increased wildfires and drought
  • The latest Wildfire column in Journal that highlights how local collaboration and conversations can help inform new ways of understanding and find solutions to the wildfire challenge across the globe

 

...and more! We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don't miss an issue and subscribe today. It's free! Just add your email address to our newsletter list.

Everyone in the world at risk from wildfire should know what they can do to be safer. In this month's NFPA Journal, Lucian Deaton wrote his wildfire column about this very statement. 

 

He acknowledges that across the planet, people are working to achieve this knowledge through countless wildfire preparedness programs and strategies. At times we may trip over how to pronounce their titles, but the real challenge is to understand how these programs work and what their impacts are on their communities. Seeing firsthand the challenge communities face with wildfire and the efforts underway to confront it strengthens NFPA’s knowledge and furthers its work to spread more life-saving information and knowledge across the globe.

 

The NFPA wildfire division has learned a lot of lessons by traveling to several international locations (Chile, Canada, UK, South Africa) and learning about their local challenges and successes. Learning about these local fire landscapes will help us to provide better resources that can help all communities be safer from wildfire. Read about some of these lessons and learnings in "Backyard Smarts" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal

The January issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • News on the latest USAA Firewise discounts in New Mexico and Utah
  • Information about the launch of the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day funding award application period
  • A look at the 2016 Firewise numbers …
  • ...and much more!

 

We want to continue to share all of this great information with you, so don't miss an issue and subscribe today. It's free! Just add your email address to our newsletter list.

Big news! USAA policyholders living in recognized Firewise sites in New Mexico and Utah can now receive discounts on their homeowners insurance premiums. Our Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program provided the community action framework and local data that supported USAA’s decision to offer such a discount to its policyholders.

 

USAA has been working with our Wildfire Division over the last few years to develop incentives for residents of wildfire-prone areas to take steps to create safer communities. USAA members in Firewise communities in New Mexico and Utah join their counterparts in California, Colorado, Texas, Oregon and Arizona in being offered the Firewise discount.

 

 

Currently, in New Mexico, there are now 24 active Firewise communities. In Utah, there are 26 active Firewise communities. In the past year these participating New Mexico and Utah communities invested more than $2.7 million combined in Firewise risk reduction actions.

 

To find out more about the USAA policyholder discount for Firewise community residents, please visit NFPA’s Firewise website.

 

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resource, please visit the NFPA press room.

To help address the nation's wildfire challenge, we have worked with State Farm to offer project funding awards for our fourth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 6th, which helps communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage.  The award application period is now open! 

 

State Farm is providing funding to NFPA for the Preparedness Day event and a portion will be awarded to 150 neighborhood wildfire risk reduction projects being implemented on Saturday, May 6. Preparedness Day gives people of all ages a chance to plan and participate in a risk reduction or wildfire preparedness activity that makes their community a safer place to live. Project applications can be submitted through March 3. 

 

During Preparedness Day 2016, more than 190 projects were undertaken in 35 states and 125 recipients received funding from State Farm for activities that helped make residents and firefighters safer when wildfires happen.

 

For more information about national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, funding awards, project ideas and free resources to download, please visit www.wildfireprepday.org.

The December issue of Fire BreakNFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

 

   • A look at the nation’s biggest large-loss fires; at the top of the list, a couple of wildfires in California
   • Information about the upcoming May 2017 Preparedness Day event
   • A recap of NFPA’s visit to Chile in an effort to learn about global preparedness efforts, climate change, and how a country’s culture frames its response to wildfire

 

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

Lucian Deaton

Arson, often thought of as an urban issue, is also prevalent in wildland/urban interface and can be much more destructive. According to Cal Fire, from 2010 to 2014, arsonists set approximately 910 wildfires in California alone, about 6 percent of the state’s total. Those fires consumed more than 121,000 acres. While the U.S. Forest Service says that 90 percent of wildfires across the nation are human caused, the vast majority of those are the result of negligence, not intent—forgotten campfires or sparks from target-practice bullets don’t count as wildfire arson. Arson is a purposeful act.

 

NFPA's Lucian Deaton takes the time in his NFPA Journal column this month to look at the problem of arson in the wildland and suggest work that can be done to reduce, and hopefully eventually, eliminate this source of wildfire. 

 

Read "Watching the World Burn" from the latest issue of NFPA Journal.

The November issue of Fire Break, NFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • Information about the prevalence of arson in the wildland-urban interface and how states are dealing with the challenge
  • An invitation to the November 17 virtual workshop that debunks the myths about wildfire safety and preparedness, and gets to the truth of what communities can and should do to help reduce risk
  • The definition of “dead fall” and its contribution to wildfire, and how neighborhoods are working together to clean up their area

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

october fb.JPGThe October issue of Fire Break, NFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • The promotion of our newest virtual fieldtrips video series and accompanying lesson plans for teachers, fire and life safety educators and others to use in outreach and as group activities for/with youth in grades 6 – 12
  • An invitation to our next wildfire online workshop that will address the myth that “there’s nothing we can do” to make our communities safer from wildfire
  • A link to a blog that describes how to be financially prepared in the face of a natural disaster

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

september.JPGThe September issue of Fire Break, NFPA Wildfire Division's newsletter, is now available for viewing. Here's what you'll find in this month's issue:

  • Newly updated Home Ignition Zone training
  • Firewise Program 2016 renewal video educates participants on the process
  • Upcoming virtual workshop on wildfire community risk reduction projects
  • Insight from NFPA Research Foundation on the terms "wildfire" and "wildland fire"

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

fire break.JPGThe August 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:

  • The wildfire potential forecast for the U.S. through October
  • An invitation to the next virtual workshop that will highlight wildfire and homeowners insurance
  • A look at a new research project underway that will focus on developing a process for urban evacuations during a wildfire
  • The updated Firewise Toolkit that features a new checklist for wildfire watches and warnings

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

firewise july.JPGThe July 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:

  • Information about the latest USAA/Firewise discount in Oregon
  • News about the first military installation to be recognized as a Firewise site
  • Research that shows how some mosquito repellents can actually minimize the effectiveness of flame retardant used in turnout gear
  • An invitation to the first of five wildfire virtual workshops of the year; this one will focus on the “power of embers”

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

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