• Taking on Excellence: Arizona

    Our third stop on our sites of excellence journey takes us to Forest Highlands in Flagstaff, AZ.   No strangers to wildfire, residents in this community have a history of being engaged in wildfire risk reduction....
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  • Cascading Effects of Wildfire. The hidden losses and costs.

    When we think about wildfires and their aftermath, sometimes the discussions don’t look at what it really takes to rebuild lives and neighborhoods.  When residents tell me that they are not going to prepare...
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  • Valuable new online course helps residents and stakeholders prepare for wildfire

      Gain a basic understanding of how wildfires spread and ignite homes in our new interactive  class, Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes. An overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn....
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  • Local Efforts Spreading the Firewise Message Far and Wide

    The work of over 1,500 communities in the United States to reduce their risk from wildfire not only encourages others to embrace their responsibility here, but globally as well.  They serve as a great example of ...
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  • What is FEMA's BRIC Program? Learn more on July 23!

    On Tuesday July 23, 2019 FEMA is hosting an informational forum on its (BRIC) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program, to be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a 6% set aside from estim...
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  • What is prescribed fire?

    Did you know that fire in natural areas at the right time and place fire can be good for certain ecosystems?  Many ecosystems across the United States are adapted to fire. Fires occurring at the right t...
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  • Don’t let your Fourth of July fun spark a wildfire

      The Fourth of July is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends and enjoy plenty of good food and fun together.  It is important to take away a pocket full of great memories and keep in mind...
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  • Wildfire risk reduction grants available for selected Western and Plains States

      The Bureau of Land Management, part of the US Department of Interior, has issued notices of funding opportunities for numerous states within its jurisdiction and under the authority of Public Law 116-6, Wildlan...
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  • Lessons learned from a city turning Firewise talk into action

    The Firewise USA® program is thriving in the City of Ashland, Oregon. The city boasts one of the highest numbers of Firewise sites in the country. When I reached out to learn more about how Ashland continues to k...
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  • Have you ever wondered what a zoo would do in the event of a wildfire?

    In light of recent large wildfires occurring across the United States, have you ever wondered what would happen if places like large cities, stadiums, or Zoos were threatened by wildfire?  Just like homes an...
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  • The global reach of preparedness day

    As great wildfire preparedness day events kicked off on Saturday, May 4, across the United States, they were joined by residents in the south of England who accepted this call to action in their community as well. ...
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  • Taking on Excellence: Virginia

    For the second blog in our series highlights Sites of Excellence participants, I reached out to Marilyn Cavell with Coal Bank Ridge in Virginia.  Below she shares the journey her community has taken on the wildfi...
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  • Firewise thoughts: what have you accomplished in your action plan?

    The action plan is one of the most important steps for your Firewise USA® site to complete. Once it is written, it is easy to file away and forget about, however, it can be one of the best tools your community ha...
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  • Time to get to work as things warm up!

    The National Interagency Fire Center Predictive Services has released its June outlook, and here's what you need to know.  During May, much of the US experienced wetter and cooler temperatures, below tr...
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  • Overcoming barriers to residents adopting wildfire risk reduction practices

    Working with many neighborhoods and cities through the years, there were times when I wondered why some areas seemed so well prepared for wildfire and some were not. Most unprepared people are aware of their risk and ...
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  • Don't miss this valuable training opportunity for wildfire risk reduction in San Antonio! Register today.

    Register now for NFPA's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day training in San Antonio, part of NFPA's annual Conference & Expo featured education. The class will take place on June 18-19 con...
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  • Taking on excellence: Texas shares their story

    Located in north Texas hill country, 7-R Ranch is an ideal getaway for its residents, most of whom are retired professionals seeking an escape from urban/suburban life. About 1.5 hours from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro ...
  • Making a difference on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day!

    Incredible stories are pouring in about projects accomplished across the country and the globe on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.  Here at NFPA®’s main office, we hosted a training session provide...
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  • Wildfire Community Preparedness Day: we are all in this together!

    In light of recent horrific losses to life and property from wildfires, we wonder who is responsible to create homes and neighborhoods that are safer? I think we can all have a part to play, both individually and coll...
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  • Talking about wildfires and public health

    As part of a panel talking about wildfires and public health, I had a great opportunity to talk to health and safety professionals on behalf of NFPA about wildfire and how we can use techniques that have emerged from ...
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