Apr 04, 2017
Two National Historic Sites Become Colorado’s First Firewise Education Sites
By: Daniel Beveridge
This article was first published on the Colorado State Forest Service’s website.
The Bent’s Old Fort and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Sites recently became the first locations in Colorado to attain recognition as pilot Firewise Education Sites. A Firewise Education Site promotes wildfire preparedness and illustrates Firewise principles in action for the educational benefit of visitors, including teaching people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encouraging communities to work together, take action and prevent losses.
The Firewise Education Site program was initiated by the National Fire Protection Association as a way to highlight the implementation of Firewise principles at locations that do not meet the criteria of being actual “communities.” NFPA is partnering with the Colorado State Forest Service to provide technical assistance to the two national historic sites as they pursue this designation, which specifically emphasizes the need and importance for doing wildfire mitigation in plains communities.
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