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Wildfire Disaster Funding Act legislation introduced

On Thursday Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, aimed at ending the cycle of fire borrowing at the USDA Forest Service and Department of the Interior.

Coalition Press Release: Wildfire Disaster Funding

December 19, 2013 Jon Schwedler, The Nature Conservancy
For Immediate Release 916/769-4728

Forest Coalition Lauds New Emergency Fire Funding Bill in Senate
Would Mirror Funding Response to other Natural Disasters

Fire Committee/CMS Meeting 2014 Files

Attached are files for the 2014 Fire Committee/CMS Meeting, held in Tempe, AZ.

Montana officials explore wildland-urban interface issues

This week a group of policymakers and fire scientists met at the University of Montana to explore ways to address wildland-urban interface fire issues. “Fire is something that affects us all,” said James Burchfield, dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation. “How is it that we’re going to collectively deal with that?“

Prescribed burn partnership proves beneficial

It is a true measure of success when staff from six entities successfully join together to accomplish a common goal, as firefighters from Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Buffalo National River, Missouri Department of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy, AmeriCorps-St. Louis, and Winona Rural Fire Department conducted the prescribed burn together.

Forest Service supports student research

The USDA Forest Service and the University of Texas at San Antonio, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, recently established a framework for cooperation that results in offering graduate and undergraduate students a chance to work with Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists.

Fire education video, "A Return to Tradition" available

The Okmulgee Agency and Eastern Oklahoma Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) produced a fire safety video.  A Return to Tradition introduces the historical Native use of fire, ecology of local fire adapted ecosystems, fire adapted communities, and current practices of the BIA in conducting fuels management activities with an emphasis on the use of prescribed fire.  The video will be used for educational outreach activities targeting public schools, homeowner associations, Tribal housing meetings and others.

2014 Smokey Bear Awards nominations open!

It's that time of year again! The 2014 Smokey Bear Award nominations are now being accepted. The coveted Smokey Bear award is distributed to outstanding candidates who excel in the area of wildfire prevention educations. Please spread the word to those who may be interested in nominating an individual, agency or organization for an award.

This year's deadline for nominations is February 11, 2014.

Budget cuts lead to more prisoners as wildland firefighters

At the peak of the wildfire season in the West this summer, well trained inmate firefighters fought 13 forest fires in Arizona. Their home base is the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis, but when asked where they are from, the reply is simply “Buckeye,” the name of the town where the prison is located.

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.


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