As a member of the fire service and a trusted member of your community, you’re uniquely positioned to help people plan for, respond to, and recover from the devastating effects of a wildland, grass or forest fire.
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about the risk of wildfires in your community.
Firewise is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The program promotes local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks. Firewise teaches residents how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.
Ready, Set, Go! Is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The program helps fire departments to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the WUI – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats.
This flyer provides four tips for homeowners to follow when preparing for the wildfire season. Customize this handout with your organization’s logo.
This double-sided one-page flyer contains safety tips for protecting homes from wildfires. A space is provided for you to easily include your organization’s logo.Download or Order Printed Version
The Fire Adapted Communities website offers on the best approaches and programs to help your community become fire-adapted. A fire-adapted community incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources and natural areas to prepare for the effects of wildfire.
Fire Safe Councils are grassroots community-based organizations which share the objective to protect homes, communities and environments from wildfire.
The Living with Fire program offers a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations for homeowners living in fire prone areas throughout the country.
The Cohesive Strategy establishes a national vision for wildland fire management, describes wildland fire challenges, identifies opportunities to reduce wildfire risks, and defines three national goals along with priorities to achieve them:
Learn about Deschutes County’s effort to create long-term wildfire mitigation strategies and provide for a disaster-resistant community. Project Wildfire is a model for wildfire mitigation and community partnerships. A downloadable toolkit is available for communities that are interested in using the Project Wildfire model.
Ready has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can copy the messages or customize them to reach your audience. Graphics and suggested hashtags are included.
Before the Smoke! 28:26
Explains how small and volunteer fire departments in wildfire-prone areas can effectively protect their communities with limited resources.
Five Day Time-Lapse: Waldo Canyon Fire 16:01
A time-lapse video of the Waldo Canyon Fire from June 23 – 28, 2012. This fire burned 347 homes and upwards of 18,000 acres. Two people were killed.
Available in English or Spanish, this free app includes customized alerts specific to where you live or travel, “I’m safe” messaging, checklists, and locations of Red Cross shelters.