Working with Communities At Risk from Wildfire
Fostering partnerships with gateway communities to national parks is an important objective of the National Park Service. In order to take full advantage of this relationship, communities develop community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) that refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the Wildland Urban Interface. Furthermore, parks encourage meaningful public participation during preparation of hazardous fuel reduction projects, and collaboration is facilitated among state and local governments, Indian tribes, and interested persons during the preparation of each project. Parks also work with communities to seek funding sources for wildland fire equipment, training, community education, and fire prevention.
Community-based forest planning and prioritization is facilitated by developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
Communities in wildfire prone areas are learning what it takes to be fully prepared for wildland fire. A Fire Adapted Community incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas into the effort to prepare for the effects of wildland fire. This website offers information and specific actions you can take, no matter what your role, to reduce your risk to the next wildfire. Do your part to protect your community today!
These articles, many of them written by Fire Adapted Community (FAC) Coalition members, present a variety of perspectives related to helping communities learn to live with fire.
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) Program, managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), seeks to develop and improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve.
Brush, grass and forest fires don’t have to be disasters. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. Firewise is a key component of Fire Adapted Communities – a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.