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Residents reduce wildfire risks through the Firewise USA program

Author(s): Cathy Prudhomme
Year Published: 2018

Under the Firewise USA™ national recognition program, residents living in the wildland–urban interface have been taking action to reduce the wildfre hazards around the exterior of their homes and in the three home ignition zones on their properties (fg. 1). Both kinds of measures have been part of the national Firewise USA™ recognition program since 2002. Such activities are the cornerstone of the program at 1,479 participating sites, including 170 new sites in 2017 (fg. 2). Mitigation achievements vary from site to site, with accomplishments frequently greatest when one or more resident leaders in the community provide motivation, coordination, oversight, and encouragement to their neighbors. The number of individuals who step up to play a leading role is astonishingly high; typically, each wears the “resident leader” hat with great pride. Leaders take on that role because they believe in risk reduction and truly want a safer place to live.

Citation: Prudhomme C. 2018. Residents reduce wildfire risks through the Firewise USA program. Fire Management Today 76 (4): 32-34.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18282
Record updated: Nov 6, 2018