May 14, 2015
National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2015
Authors: Emily Troisi
FAC Learning Network members use our online project management space in a variety of ways. They share resources, ask each other questions, and provide lessons learned. After this year’s National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, FAC Net participants shared stories and photos from their community events.
See excerpts from those stories and photos below!
Jonathan Bruno, Coalition for the Upper South Platte
“We had a great day on Saturday for National Wildfire Preparedness Day! A short recap of our project: On May 2, thirty USAFA cadets assisted at the Community Wildfire Preparedness Day in Palmer Lake. Under the direction of The Coalition for the Upper South Platte, the cadets worked to remove overly dense, standing dead, poor-performing, and unhealthy trees from easements and private and community property within Palmer Lake. Over 500 hours were logged by the cadets and community volunteers at Palmer Lake in planning and carrying out fire mitigation activities for this annual national day to raise awareness of wildfire threat to communities at risk.”
Alison Green, Project Wildfire
“We had a great first weekend for our local FireFree event. Our local residents brought in 9,900+ cubic yards to surrounding solid waste sites. This is a 31.5% increase from last year! Now that the first 9 days are complete, FireFree residents have brought in 32,697 cubic yards of debris and there is still one weekend to go. HUGE record breaking success!
It was one of the events going on in Deschutes County for Wildfire Prep Day….We also had a Wildfire Prep Day in Sisters, OR, organized by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire …and Project Wildfire & Oregon Department of Forestry staffed a booth at the local Home & Garden Show this past weekend as well.”
Karuna Greenberg, Salmon River Restoration Council / Salmon River Fire Safe Council
“During our 2015 Fire Awareness Week, we held volunteer fire-safing events in three communities within our remote watershed, attracting over 20 volunteers who contributed over 100 hours of community volunteerism toward fire-safing our community facilities and helping those who are need of an extra hand creating defensible space. Additionally we hosted a USFS Level 1, Basic Fire Refresher for local Fire and Rescue volunteers, Community Liaisons, and USFS personnel, an open discussion about the NRCS fuels reduction opportunities for private lands in our area, and a presentation on the Klamath River Prescribed Fire Exchange (TREX), and local opportunities for private landowners to get involved.”
Jerry McAdams, Boise Fire Department
“We [hosted] an NFPA Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards class here at Boise Fire Headquarters this Saturday, May 2nd, as part of the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. We also [hosted] the 3rd Annual Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum on Monday, May 4th as a means to bring local partners and stakeholders together for education, information sharing and networking…”
Ashley Lara, Jackson County Fire District 3
“I was able to visit Ruch Elementary Firewise garden yesterday. What a great example of getting the school and community involved in Firewise planting and preparing. There has been a lot of buzz around Jackson County and continuing these gardens to other schools. Way to go! #Firewise #Wildfirecommunitypreparednessday2015”
Matt Frank, Dovetail Partners
“Dovetail Partners proudly supports the efforts of NFPA and Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Dovetail’s involvement includes serving as a Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network Hub leader in the Upper Midwest, which involves assisting community-driven wildfire risk reduction efforts through on-the-ground hazardous fuels reduction demonstrations, Firewise education, and working with FAC Learning Network partners to develop future strategies for program implementation and partnership growth.” Click here to read more!
Frank Riley, Chestatee-Chattahoochee RC&D Council
Frank shared a great blog post with us last week about their event. If you missed it, check it out here!
Steve Parks, Ashland Fire and Rescue
“Ashland held our 4th annual City Firewise Clean Up Day on April 25th. We had 152 individual car loads drop off a total of 200 cubic yards of green yard debris. This event has become so popular and well attended that it had to grow from dumpsters at a local school to two and a half dedicated bays at the sanitation company’s transfer station! We had help from our firefighters and a member of the city’s Wildfire Mitigation Commission on hand helping citizens unload and sharing information about wildfire safety. Thanks to Recology Ashland for their generous support of this event.”