Wildfire Season is Underway: The Best Time to Take Action is NOW
Authors: Emily Troisi
If you have turned on your TV or computer in the last month, you are probably aware that wildfire season is upon us, and it has already been pretty devastating in parts of the country.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) produced their July 2015 wildfires map which shows the active wildfires in July. This post by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) talks a little bit about the map and the current state of wildfires in the country.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), as of August 13, our National Preparedness level was raised to a level 5 (out of 5). They explained, “Given the continuing hot and dry weather and the increase in fire activity in the western US, the decision to move to Preparedness Level 5 depicts the complexity that fire managers are encountering to assure that adequate firefighting resources are available for protection of life, property and our nation’s natural resources.” (See here for more information). Project Wildfire recently shared this facebook post by NIFC that explains how NIFC is mobilizing active duty military personnel to serve as firefighters to assist with wildfire suppression efforts due to the heightened wildfire activity this season.
While all this paints a fairly grim picture, we thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that the time to prepare is before the fire threat is upon you, and that many communities around the country are actively living with fire by applying fire adapted community concepts.
Here are a few resources we wanted to remind folks to share with their communities/neighbors:
- “Go-kit” tips from the Chumstick Coalition. This blog post by Annie Schmidt, talking about their #makeakitmonday campaign highlights what people should have in their go-kits.
- Summer may be fire season, but it is also vacation season! Don’t forget to prepare your home by taking these pre-vacation actions before you head to the beach!
- Learn more about defensible space around your home with this infographic from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).
- Think your wildfire preparedness knowledge is on point? Test yourself with this interactive quiz from NFPA.
- Kids can learn about fire too! Check out these stories and coloring books from Cal Fire.
- Don’t forget about your pets! This infographic has some information about pets and fire.
Do you have any favorite infographics or articles that you like to share with your neighbors or community? Share them here!