Community Partners

Three people on dirt road stand behind heavy machinery used on a hazardous fuels reduction project.
Members of the California Fire Alliance work on a hazardous fuels reduction project.

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Working with Communities at Risk from Wildfire

Fostering partnerships with gateway communities to national parks is an important objective of the National Park Service. To take full advantage of this relationship, communities develop Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) that refine their 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. Parks also work with communities to seek funding sources for wildland fire equipment, training, community education, and fire prevention.

Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Community-based forest planning and prioritization is facilitated by developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

Fire Adapted Communities
Communities in wildfire-prone areas are learning what it takes to be fully prepared for wildland fire. A Fire Adapted Community considers people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas when preparing for the effects of wildland fire. This website offers information and specific actions you can take, no matter your role, to reduce your risk to the next wildfire. Do your part to protect your community today!

Fire-Adapted Communities Learning Network
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.

Ready, Set, Go!
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. The RSG! Program tenets help residents be ready with preparedness understanding, be set with situational awareness when fire threatens, and to go, acting early when a fire starts.

Firewise Communities

Last updated: December 1, 2016