• Revisiting the home ignition zone: the intermediate 5-30 feet

    The home ignition zone (HIZ) is the foundation NFPA has built its wildfire preparedness programs and resources on.  A concept coined by retired USFS researcher Dr. Jack Cohen, the basic premise of the HIZ is that...
  • An innovative community event drives home wildfire preparedness

    A Firewise site in California used the five-year anniversary of a tragic wildfire and the rebuilding of a damaged local bridge to host an innovative community event that drew residents and numerous local agencies....
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  • Wildfires are a community problem that have a community solution

    When reading about the wildfires ravaging the western United States, it is easy to get bogged down with a sense of sadness as scenes from the frontlines are more and more heartbreaking. However, one thing is certain. ...
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  • Recent op-ed explores burned homes near green trees

    A recent op-ed picked up by many small-town papers reminds us that amidst the all too frequent scenes of burned out homes following a wildfire are neighboring green trees. The op-ed challenges our perception of wildfi...
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  • Webinar: becoming wildfire ready with Firewise USA®

    When looking at wildfire preparedness, it is important to remember that everyone has a role to play, including residents.  More and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk, but that risk doesn't ha...
  • September wildfires remind us to be prepared

    In a year that has been described as unprecedented, September has lived up to that reality. In the last several days Washington, Oregon, and California have dealt with extreme weather conditions resulting in devastati...
  • New podcast explores how wildfire evacuation meets COVID-19

    Evacuating large groups of people with little notice during an evolving wildfire event is challenge enough in any other year.  But in 2020, the added risk to evacuees and responders from COVID-19 exposure hangs o...
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  • California’s current wildfires are different than previous for two reasons

    Today’s LA Times article about the numerous wildfires north of San Francisco, CA, and in Northern California highlights in stark terms their current challenge.  “…The sheer magnitude of what ha...
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  • Convening a global perspective on a global problem  

    “Do we have an international wildfire problem that needs an international solution?” This was the question posed to a group of diverse wildfire stakeholders from across the globe at a virtual Int...
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  • Learning from Firewise USA sites: Buck Mountain

      One of the privilege's of managing the Firewise USA program is the opportunity I have to connect with communities and hear their stories.  My colleagues and I love to learn about how a sites get started on...
  • Provide your insight to NFPA's wildfire preparedness and management standards

    One of the most notable features about NFPA standards is that their development process is open and consensus-based.  That means anybody can participate in the development of these important documents and the sta...
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  • August wildfire potential outlook reminds us to stay prepared

    On August 1st the National Interagency Fire Center’s (NIFC’s) Predictive Services issued their newest National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for August, September, October, and Nove...
  • Add these 3 videos to your community’s next online gathering

    COVID-19 has made in-person meetings difficult, but that doesn’t have to stop your educational outreach with fellow residents.  Move those gatherings with your neighbors online with these three quick videos...
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  • Add these 3 "Immediate Zone" resources to your community’s next online gathering

    COVID-19 has made in-person meetings difficult, but that doesn’t have to stop your educational outreach with fellow residents.  Move those gatherings with your neighbors online with these three “immed...
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  • Learning from wildfire losses in the 2019 NFPA Firefighter Fatality report

    In the July/August NFPA Journal, a feature section shares the completed 2019 NFPA Firefighter Fatalities in the United States report. While the report highlights the lowering trend of line-of-duty-...
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  • Why heavy winter snowpack does not always mean a summer free from drought

    A wide brush of red across the American West stands out in the July, 2020, Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook from the National Interagency Fire Center.  It marks a greater than usual likelihood that sig...
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  • Finding innovation for wildfire preparedness during quarantine

    The July edition of NFPA Journal is out and in its Wildfire column, Michele Steinberg reflects on how NFPA had to pivot its wildfire preparedness messages as people coped with how to stay safe from other immediate hea...
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  • A Utah wildfire reminds us that fireworks can be the ember

    A late June wildfire in Utah that burned 467 acres and forced the evacuation of over 100 residents from 42 homes has been linked to teens playing with a Roman candle firework that ignited a hillside before spreading i...
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  • University hacks wildfire challenges with new perspectives

    In response to recent wildfires that have devastated California communities, Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West hosted the 2020 Big Earth Hackathon that brought university students toge...
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  • Summer fires raise awareness about how to keep mulch decorative and not destructive

    A handful of mulch fires in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,  has led the Office of the Fire Marshal to educate residents about where to place mulch, how to maintain it, and how to keep it from igniting in dr...
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