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The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net or the Network) is a national group working to build sustainable wildfire resilience capacity in fire-prone communities. The Network is the result of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Watershed Research and Training Center and the USDA Forest Service.
We connect and support people and communities who are striving to live more safely with wildfire. The Network is a catalyst for spreading best practices and innovations in fire adaptation practices nationwide. We’re the go-to source of information for community wildfire resiliency best practices, models for success, and lessons learned.
FAC Net in the News
One way FAC Net makes a difference is by contributing to local, regional and national conversations about wildland fire issues. In 2017, more than 15 magazines, newspapers and radio stations featured FAC Net and our members’ work. Our hope is that each time our story is told, more communities better understand how to live more safely with inevitable wildfire. Contact us if you’re interested in our perspective on community wildfire issues.
National News Coverage
- Project Wildfire pilots a collaborative approach that’s making central Oregon more fire adapted: Yes, Something Can Be Done About Wildfires, New York Times. December, 2017
- FAC Net advances a forward-thinking alternative to the current wildfire problem: Skirball Fire Underscores Calls for Collaborative Wildfire Management, Christian Science Monitor. December, 2017
- Patrick Haggerty of the Cascadia Conservation District explains steps that communities can take to live more safely with wildfire: Fighting Wildfires is a Greater Test of Endurance as Warm Weather Lingers, Washington Post. November, 2017
- FAC Net represents an important piece of the “community wildfire resilience” puzzle: It’s Impossible to Prevent Wildfires. So How Do We Prepare?, Fortune Magazine. October, 2017
- FAC Net embodies a high-impact, cost-effective approach to helping communities live more safely with wildfire: In the West, Communities Pioneer Cooperative Approach to Fighting Wildfires, Christian Science Monitor. September, 2017
- Rob Galbraith explains how insurance companies can motivate residential actions to mitigate wildfire risk. The Power of Insurance Incentives to Promote Fire Adapted Communities, Wildfire Magazine. June, 2017
- The Karuk Tribe shares their wildfire story, which includes Coyote’s theft of fire, recent research, and the Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. Wildfires Are Essential: The Forest Service Embraces a Tribal Tradition, Yes! Magazine. April, 2017
Regional, State and Local Coverage
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado offers resources to communities looking to live more safely with wildfire: Westendorff: Praying for Snow, Preparing for Wildfires, Durango Herald. December, 2017
- The Austin Fire Department invests in cutting-edge wildfire simulation technology to spur community action: Austin Fire Department Using New 3-D Tool to Educate Residents about Wildfire Risk, Community Impact Newspaper. December, 2017
- Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition hosts a successful Prescribed Fire Training Exchange. Friendly Fires: Training Exchange Teaches Controlled Burn Strategies in Roslyn. Yakima Herald. October, 2017
- Ed Keith and partners explain the innovative structure of the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project and its restoration progress to date: Fighting Central Oregon Wildfire with Fire, Bend Magazine. July, 2017
- The Washington State Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network’s Annie Schmidt discusses what communities can do to live more safely with wildfire: Washington’s Dry Spell Reminds Us We are in the Middle of Wildfire Season, Kiro Radio. July, 2017
- Gloria Erickson explains how residents can protect their homes by implementing specific strategies within the different zones that surround their homes: Prepare Your Home and Landscape to Resist Wildfire, Timberjay Newspaper. May, 2017
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado transforms a post-wildfire recovery zone into a blossoming fire adapted community: Creating Fire Adapted Communities: It Takes a Village, Durango Herald. April, 2017
- Austin Fire Department advances a city-wide wildland-urban interface code and residential mitigation: 1 in 4 Austin Homes at Risk of Wildfire, CBS Austin. February, 2017
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado explains a new way to motivate neighborhoods to reduce their wildfire risk; “Instead of DUI checkpoints, we’re trying to get fire departments to do WUI (wildland-urban interface) checkpoints at the entrances of at-risk neighborhoods,” Dolores River Basin Analyzed for Fire Risk, Cortez Journal. January, 2017