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Wildland Fire Assessment Program coming to an area near you!

The Wildland Fire Assessment Program (WFAP) is a joint effort by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Volunteer Fire Council to provide departments with training on how to properly conduct assessments for homes located in the wildland-urban interface. This is the first program targeted to volunteers that specifically prepares a firefighter or a non-operational department volunteer for how to conduct an assessment, what to look for during an assessment, as well as provides printed materials needed to determine how close they are to becoming a fire-adapted community.

Firewise Communities/USA renewal process now online

Are you a state Firewise Liaison? Are you the main contact for a Firewise Communities/USA site? NFPA has announced an enhanced feature on its website just for you.

Now when you log in, you'll be able to review detailed information about your recognized Firewise community, make edits and updates, and renew your status for the coming year. Get started today!

West Virginia fights wildfire in Monongahela National Forest

Wildland firefighters had reached 50 percent containment on Sunday, in a weeklong battle with a wildfire at the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.

The fire started Nov. 10 in the Monongahela National Forest and had grown to about 1,600 acres. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. More than 190 personnel were working to suppress the fire.

Finding a purpose for wildfire destroyed trees

When Andy Stauffer’s company, Colorado Timber Homes, was rebuilding a Mountain Shadows home destroyed during the Waldo Canyon fire, he had an idea for linking the old and the new. His company is rebuilding homes that were destroyed in the recent Black Forest fire and he’s creating new mantles from burned pine trees that he’s recycling from his clients’ lots.

More work needs to be done on federal forests to improve their health and resiliency

This week's hearing before the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources came months after the Forest Service for the seventh time in a dozen years ran out of money to fight fires, forcing the agency to draw down accounts for research, capital improvements, reforestation and timber planning.

USFS announces webinar series session 19

The Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series presents session 19: What planners need to know about planning for wildfire protection. This session will discuss what planners and communities need to know to reduce risks of wildfire. 

Speakers scheduled:

NASF sends letters to appropriators recognizing reimbursement of non-fire funds

Alongside other leaders of the Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus, NASF sent letters to House and Senate appropriators recognizing their leadership demonstrated through including in the short-term continuing resolution a provision reimbursing the non-fire funds transferred to pay for fire suppression at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior in fiscal year 2013.

Officials look for market-driven approach to forest management

The forests on the eastern slope of the Cascades in the Wenatchee National Forest pose a problem. They have grown unnaturally dense, choked with small trees and underbrush. What used to be open forest, dominated by big, fire-resistant ponderosa pine, has filled in with Douglas fir and other species after decades of fire suppression and timber harvests. Now, the forests are at high risk for deadly insect infestations and destructive, high intensity wildfires.

Grant funds available for prescribed burns

In an effort to reduce wildfire hazards on private lands, Texas A&M Forest Service is administering grant funding for prescribed burning on private property within 10 miles of a National Forest boundary in the state of Texas, through the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Protection Program.  The deadline for application submission is November 30, 2013.

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