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?“
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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