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.

Outreach programs

Firewise

Resources available: Online training, teaching tools, community preparedness toolkit and other outreach materials, a communicators’ guide, and project ideas.
Firewise

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.

Visit the Firewise website

Ready, Set, Go!

Resources available: Grants, implementation guide, webinars, outreach materials and templates, presentations and talking points, public service announcements, and a Spanish language toolkit.
Ready, Set, Go!

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.

Visit the Ready, Set, Go! website

General awareness and outreach

Protect Your Home and Community from Wildfire

protect your home and community from wildfire

This flyer provides four tips for homeowners to follow when preparing for the wildfire season. Customize this handout with your organization’s logo.

Download in PDF 1.4 MB

Wildfires: Protect Yourself and Your Community

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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

Fire Adapted Communities

Resources available: A reference guide, infographic, brochure, public service announcements, media toolkit, and a “learning exchange” for fire departments.

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

California | Montana | Nevada

Resources available: Grants, community wildfire protection plans, brochures, flyer and media templates, public education campaigns, and a construction guide.

Fire Safe Councils are grassroots community-based organizations which share the objective to protect homes, communities and environments from wildfire.

Living with Fire

Resources available: Customizable publications, displays for conferences, graphics, landscape industry training, presentations, promotional items, workshops and public service announcements.

The Living with Fire program offers a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations for homeowners living in fire prone areas throughout the country.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Resources available: A brochure describing the Cohesive Strategy, key strategy messages, PowerPoint presentations, and examples of state and local strategy implementation.

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:

  1. Resilient landscapes
  2. Fire-adapted communities
  3. Safe and effective wildfire response

Best practice: Project Wildfire – Deschutes County, Oregon

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.


Social media

Ready wildfire social media toolkit

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.


Videos, public service announcements and apps

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Before the Smoke! 28:26

Explains how small and volunteer fire departments in wildfire-prone areas can effectively protect their communities with limited resources.

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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.

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Hero in You (public service announcement) 0:60

This PSA is aimed at empowering residents to take appropriate actions to prepare themselves and their property against the threat of wildland fire.

American Red Cross Wildfire App

American Red Cross Wildfire App

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.