2018 Wildfire Awareness Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER - ALYSSHA SWANSON
HEAR ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT PARTICIPANTS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE CHALLENGE, AND WHAT THEY LEARNED.
Fire Adapted Communities:
“I have learned so much in this challenge! I am new to Boise and from an area that is known for summer wildfires (Southern Oregon) but I have never seen obvious signs of wildfires here like I saw in Oregon so I assumed it wasn’t a problem….Not only am I looking at my own house and seeing the many things I need to change to make it more adaptable to living in an area prone to wildfires, but I am also looking around the neighborhood and seeing the things my neighbors should fix as well.”
“I discovered that not only is my household ill-prepared for a wildfire, but that our property is actually unintentionally encouraging one. Although I was previously ignorant of the many positive things happening in Boise regarding fire adaptation, I now know that many people are making a difference in our community.”
“I have learned what a Fire Adaptive community is and that I actually live in a Fire Adaptive Community. I’ve learned there are a multitude of resources available to me and that I live in a city that is committed to helping its citizens to be educated in all aspects of being fire-wise.”
“I am a biologist and was born in Idaho. I am very familiar with plant physiology and drought tolerant plants. However, most of my knowledge is only good in Southern California where I completed my undergraduate degree and did most of my research. That said, it was great to learn about the “Firewise” plants of southwestern Idaho. I am also glad that I watched the megafire video. As a biology teacher, this is a topic that comes up when I discuss ecology and it is great to have a new resource to add to my curriculum. That combined with the rest of the resources, makes me feel significantly 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 about their Zone 2 landscaping.”
“I learned a lot doing this challenge. I knew it was important to remove debris but I did not think about storing fire wood under decks, or cleaning out debris in window sills or rain gutters. I also did not know about the Code Red alert program, or the Idaho Fire Info website. I think both of those resources will be beneficial. I also learned about some great plants that can be incorporated into our landscape. The way the Idaho Botanical Gardens had the plants displayed helped visualize the different “zones”. I was also fascinated to learn why the foothills looked “terraced”, I have lived here for 14 years and never knew that was part of the Restoration Project.”
THIS CHALLENGE IS SUPPORTED BY THE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES LEARNING NETWORK, AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.