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The Firewise USA Program national technical staff, in addition to Firewise state liaisons, are available for interviews during a crisis or any time you need information about wildland fire safety. For immediate media inquiries and assistance, please contact NFPA Public Affairs at +1 617 984-7275.

Firewise News

Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal

August 28, 2013

The large wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has already consumed more than 184,000 acres, and shows no signs of slowing down. The blaze, which has been dubbed “Rim Fire,” is now the largest fire in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and one of the largest in California’s history.

Yosemite fire keeps growing, threatening giant sequoias

August 25, 2013

The Yosemite fire grew to more than 200 square miles Sunday, threatening two groves of giant sequoias as well as the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplying water and power to San Francisco, consuming some two dozen structures and threatening 4,500 more.

Massive fire near Yosemite National Park triples in size overnight

August 22, 2013

A wildfire raging out of control near Yosemite National Park in northern California ballooned to nearly 54,000 acres on Thursday, more than tripling in size from the day before, forest officials said.

High wildfire danger alert prompts Idaho residents to prepare ahead to reduce homes’ risk from wildfire

August 15, 2013

Multiple wildfires burning across southern Idaho, including the Elk and Pony Complex Fires and Beaver Creek Fire, highlight the continued threat to homes, property, businesses, parks, utilities and other community assets. To date, the fires have prompted several hundred residents to evacuate from communities in and around Elmore County, 40 miles southeast of Boise and according to fire officials, the fires have burned close to 300,000 acres and destroyed 38 homes and 43 outbuildings.

NFPA's Backyards & Beyond® Conference explores wildfire safety issues

July 11, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond® Wildland Fire Education Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14 - 16. The conference is being organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division.

Arizona wildfire raises concern for community safety

June 21, 2013

The recent Doce Fire, just west of Prescott, highlights the threat to homes and property in communities across Arizona. According to news reports, the fire has burned more than 7,500 acres in Prescott National Forest and has prompted several hundred residents to evacuate in a number of nearby neighborhoods. Dry and windy conditions continue to contribute to an outbreak of wildfires across the state and much of the west, including New Mexico, California and Colorado; many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.

NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program tops 900th community mark

May 17, 2013

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program reached a milestone and announced the 900th community to earn recognition as a Firewise Communities/USA® site. The city of Lakeway in Travis County, Texas is the latest neighborhood to take action to improve residents’ safety from threats posed by brush, grass and forest fires.

Upper Midwest wildfires raise concern for community safety

May 16, 2013

Recent wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin highlight the threat to homes and property in communities across the Midwest. According to news reports, the Germann Road Fire in Douglas and Bayfield Counties in northwest Wisconsin burned 9,000 acres while just across the border in northern Minnesota, the Green Valley Fire has consumed more than 7,000 acres. Dry and windy conditions continue to contribute to an outbreak of wildfires across both states, and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.

NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 34 official Firewise communities

May 09, 2013

The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program is honoring 34 official Firewise communities from 17 states as they each celebrate a 10-year anniversary of continued participation and successes in reducing wildfire risks. The communities were nationally recognized in 2004, and were among the earliest adopters of the Firewise Communities/USA process.

Southern California wildfires raise concerns for community safety

May 03, 2013

The recent Springs Fire in Ventura County near Malibu, on the Pacific Coast, highlights the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across California. Driven by windy, dry conditions, the fire has burned close to 8,000 acres and many homes and commercial properties remain under threat.