2019 Wildfire Awareness Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 WINNER - MEGHAN BROWN
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE CHALLENGE. YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF BUILDING A MORE FIRE ADAPTED ADA COUNTY! SEE PARTICIPANT'S COMMENTS BELOW:
Fire Adapted Communities:
"A fire adapted community describes communities set in the wildland-urban interface that take informed action to prepare for and mitigate the effects of wildland fire. The regions where these communities sit encompass landscapes where fire is part of the ecological process and thus these communities are at risk. Recognizing this risk, a fire adapted community alters their infrastructure and built environment to reduce the probability that the community will experience a catastrophic event. It is more than individual action, it is a collective and collaborative effort. These communities know that living with fire requires ongoing engagement to continually improve their preparedness and response to fire."
"Fire adapted communities are not so much part of any specific program as way of life which includes adaptive approaches to help communities live safely with wildfires. I can be an active participant in my fire adapted community by helping with fuel reduction projects, being engaged, sharing what I have learned with my neighbors, and keeping up with new projects to lessen fire risk and increase wildfire resilience in my community."
"This is achieved through a collaborative effort within the community in the planning and design of their buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem to adapt to live with wildfire reducing the risk to firefighters and community members during a wildfire. There is no beginning and end to creating such a community. This is an ongoing process with a continual need for re-evaluation and adjustment."
Idaho Fire Info:
"I’m so glad I found this page. It has everything you need with regard to fire, air quality due to fire and so much more. Sometimes, when you smell fire, you want to find out what’s going on nearby. This is the place to go online. You can find phone numbers, social media and news updates with maps."
"...it must also be recognized that fire is integral to the western landscape, and some plant species depend on fire as part of their life cycle. Instead of suppression, western communities must find a way to adapt and coexist with fire as an essential process of the ecosystem."
"I learned that embers can travel up to two miles, meaning that while homes may not be bordering fire activity, they are still at risk for fire"
"Now that I know even more about wildfire preparedness thanks to the challenge, I feel significantly more prepared to help myself and my neighbors in the event of a fire."
"It is important that the homeowner understands what they can do to increase the chances that their home will withstand a nearby fire."
"...individual landowners must take it upon themselves to educate themselves about fire risk and how best to prepare for fire events. It is not only for our own, personal property, but for the community at large."
THIS CHALLENGE IS SUPPORTED BY THE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES LEARNING NETWORK, AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.