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Firewise News

Wildfires raise concern for community safety

August 16, 2012

Dozens of fires sparked by high temperatures, severe drought conditions and strong winds have blanketed the western part of the U.S. including Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California, making this fire season one of the worst in history for area residents. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), nearly 43,000 fires burning 6.4 million acres have been reported across the West since January, and officials predict more wildfires will erupt due to continued dry heat and increased thunderstorms across the region.

NFPA to host Backyards and Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference

August 02, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will host its 5th Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Education Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14 – 16, 2013, and is now accepting proposals for educational presentations. The conference is organized by NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise® Communities Program.

NFPA announces second Firewise photo contest

June 27, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise® Communities Program announces its 2014 Calendar Firewise Day Photo Contest and invites photo enthusiasts to submit their favorite, original photographs of their community’s Firewise Day events or activities. Winning entries will be displayed in the 2014 Firewise calendar. The contest runs from July 2, 2012 through November 2, 2012.

Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on effectiveness of regulatory and planning tools for reducing wildfire risk

June 26, 2012

According to a recent study, “Addressing Community Wildfire Risk: A Review and Assessment of Regulatory and Planning Tools,” released by the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), collaboration and outreach and education programs are needed to achieve the greatest impact in reducing community wildfire risk.

NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 20 official Firewise communities

May 23, 2012

The Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program is honoring 20 official Firewise communities from 11 states who celebrate their 10-year anniversary of continued participation and successes in reducing wildfire risks. The communities became nationally recognized in 2003, and were among the earliest adopters of the Firewise Communities/USA process.

Arizona wildfires raise concern for community safety

May 15, 2012

Now at the height of wildfire season (March to June), Arizona is battling several brush, grass and forest fires, including the Gladiator and Sunflower Fires, which continue to threaten communities in Yavapai County, north and west of Phoenix, and to the east in Tonto National Forest. The fires have burned roughly 2,700 acres and have prompted evacuation orders around Crown King, near Prescott.

Cathy Prudhomme joins NFPA's Firewise Communities Program

May 08, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has named Cathy Prudhomme associate project manager of its Firewise Communities Program. Based in the NFPA’s field office in Denver, Prudhomme will manage Firewise and wildland fire youth education programs, developing materials and products that address children as young as preschool all the way to college students.

Increased wildfire activity throughout the nation prompts warning for public

April 27, 2012

This winter’s unseasonably mild and dry weather pattern is causing an alarmingly increased risk for wildfire prompting a national warning for residents to take action to prevent damage from wildfire. States such as Colorado, Tennessee and New York are already seeing the reality of these dangerous conditions.

NFPA announces Firewise plant calendar photo contest winners

April 16, 2012

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program has announced the winners of the Firewise Plant Calendar Photo Contest. The calendar, which serves as a valuable resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and landscape maintenance, will be available later this year through the program’s online catalog.

New York brush fires raise concern for community safety

April 10, 2012

The recent fires on New York’s Long Island, in upstate New York, Staten Island and in nearby Connecticut and New Jersey, underscore the threats to homes and property from wildfire in communities across the tri-state area. Prolonged drought conditions, a lack of snowpack, warm temperatures, high winds and excess tree debris from last year’s winter storms, have contributed to dangerous fire conditions that experts predict will continue through Spring.