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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.

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.

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