NFPA and U.S. Forest Service Focus on Fire Adapted Communities

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Wildfires that threaten wildland/urban interface (WUI) communities have far-reaching economic, social, and environmental consequences. Wildfires damage infrastructure, homes, businesses, natural environments, and cultural resources. They also cost millions of dollars to suppress while putting firefighter and civilian lives at risk.

On June 5, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) launched the fire adapted communities initiative. Developed in partnership with the Ad Council, a new web site at www.fireadapted.org, public service announcements, and campaign materials are now available to support the initiative.

Fire adapted communities is a national effort designed to help communities acknowledge their wildfire risk and take action through resources and programs from the nation’s leading wildfire organizations. The initiative is guided by a coalition of wildfire agencies committed to helping communities adapt to living with wildfire, and reduce their risk for damage, without compromising firefighter or civilian safety.  Fire adapted communities is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association.

Learn more and access resources at www.fireadapted.org .  

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