2017 Wildfire Awareness Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS - SALLIE MORSE, MELLISSA MAXWELL AND JOCELYN TONNELL
HEAR ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE CHALLENGE, AND WHAT THEY LEARNED.
Fire Adapted Communities:
"A fire adapted community is the result of a commitment from home and business owners, fire departments, state and local land managers, and community leaders to maintain not only defensible space around structures, but also to create plans that increase situational awareness and emergency preparedness."
Idaho Fire Info site:
"Seriously, where has this site been my whole life!? How did I not know about this! It is like a collection of all the things I need to know and links to all the sites a visit, such as the Inciweb link and the Smoky Bear page and the twitter feed."
"The Idaho Fire Info Website is awesome! It is a repository of a huge selection of tools that are useful for Ada County residents. Even if you don’t live in a WUI, the website has links to the DEQ air quality site, weather, the Idaho burn permit system, etc. If you do live in a WUI or camp/travel in a regional forest, it has links to the Smokey the bear website, lightning detection system, prescribed fire info, the Sage Grouse Initiative, and many other useful websites. Steppe Up Idaho is one of the links on the website. It takes you to their Facebook page where you can learn about how youth can become youth rangers with the BLM and you can see the before and 8 years later photos of the Firewise garden at the Botanical Garden. The Fire Info website is new to me, but definitely a one-stop website that I plan to return to in the future as I prepare my evacuation strategy, create more defensible space around my house, and when I have fire related questions."
"...the most important part of this challenge is preparing communities for fire. I feel much more prepared to help myself and my neighbors in the event of a fire. I have bookmarked many of the great resources to which this challenge led me and I have already to spoken to some of my neighbors..."