2019 Wildfire Awareness Challenge

2019 Wildfire Awareness Challenge

TO SUPPORT EFFORTS FOR WILDFIRE AWARENESS AND WILDFIRE MITIGATION, WE ARE HOSTING A MAY WILDFIRE AWARENESS CHALLENGE.  CHECK BACK, AS ADDITIONAL CHALLENGES WILL BE ADDED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY.

ARE YOU WILDFIRE READY?  ADA FIRE ADAPTED IS TEAMING UP WITH THE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES LEARNING NETWORK, IDAHO FIREWISE AND FRANZ WITTE LANDSCAPING TO SHOW OFF YOUR WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WITH A CHANCE TO WIN A $3000 FIRE ADAPTED LANDSCAPING PACKAGE.  ANYONE MAY PARTICIPATE, BUT YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN THE ADA COUNTY WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE (see map), AND/OR THE DESIGNATED CITY OF BOISE WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE (see map), TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAWING. ADDITIONALLY, ANYONE LIVING WITHIN THE COLUMBIA VILLAGE OWNERS' ASSOCIATION AREA, WHICH IS A DESIGNATED FIREWISE COMMUNITY, WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAWING.  THIS CHALLENGE/SCAVENGER HUNT WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME AREAS OF ADA COUNTY THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE VISITED AND WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE TOOLS TO MAKE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFER FROM THE REAL THREAT OF WILDFIRE. BEFORE STARTING THE CHALLENGE, READ THROUGH AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES OF THE CHALLENGE LISTED BELOW THE CHALLENGES. GOOD LUCK!

CHALLENGES:

  1. Email us at adafac@cityofboise.org to let us know you are participating.
  2. Review this website and describe in your own words what a Fire Adapted Community is and how you can play a part (minimum of 100 words).  Also, list five (5) of the partners in the Fire Adapted Communities Coalition that are listed on this site.
  3. Watch this video and describe what you learned about how homes can ignite during a wildfire.
  4. Visit and walk through the Firewise Garden, located at the Idaho Botanical Gardens, and take a photo of a fire-resistant plant (with plant ID marker in the photo) that you can incorporate into the area 0-30 feet from your home.  Name a plant species that you would not want in this same area, (0-30) from the foundation of your home.
  5. Utilize this website, it's links, and any other resources from this challenge, to make a list of five (5) mitigation strategies/projects you plan to undertake to make you and your family safer from the threat of wildfire.  Pick one and conduct a wildfire mitigation project on your property.  Share your list of five (5), and briefly describe the project you completed.  Share before and after photos showing the difference.
  6. Visit the FAC Net website and use the search feature to search for Boise.  Describe in 100 - 200 words some of the things that have been going on in our area in regard to wildfire adaptation and/or mitigation.  Also, search the site and identify and name the two (2) Core Member groups in Idaho.
  7. Go to Ada County Code Red and sign up for emergency notifications. At the end of the process, the site will give you the option, under phones, to "launch test call" to the phone(s) you have listed.  Send yourself a test call and note the phone number that the call came from. Save this number in your favorites on your phone(s), so it will ring through in the event of an emergency. Send us the number that the notification came from (1-866-xxx-xxxx) to verify that you signed up for notifications.
  8. Go to the Idaho Fire Info website and describe in 100 - 200 words some of the more useful information that homeowners can find on this site.
  9. Mid-challenge checkup - email adafac@cityofboise.org when you get to this individual challenge, to let us know you how the challenge is going for you and why individual wildfire mitigation activities are important.
  10. Do an internet search for wildfire in Ada County and/or the Boise area, and name two (2) significant wildfires that have occurred in Ada County at any time in the past.
  11. Describe how you can incorporate Ready, Set, Go! principles in your home in 100 - 200 words.  Describe three (3) items that you would want to take with you in the event of an evacuation.
  12. Visit a Firewise landscaping demonstration area, at either Boise Fire Station #1 on Reserve St. or Boise Fire Station #12 on Highway 21, and name three (3) plants that you might incorporate into your landscaping plan.  Send a photo of one (1) of these plants (with plant ID marker in the photo).  Feel welcome to pull weeds while you're there if you'd like (not required).
  13. Watch "When the Pot Boiled Over" on YouTube and state the date that the fire took place, three (3) of the agencies responsible for the restoration work, and the formal name for the restoration plan.
  14. Watch "Era of Megafires" and share what you learned in 100 - 200 words.
  15. Sign up here for a free wildfire home safety evaluation by one of our agency wildfire mitigation specialists.  Send us the date that you submitted the request for an evaluation and we'll verify your submission on our end.
  16. Describe in at least 200 words what you learned during this challenge, how you plan to utilize the landscaping package, and how you plan to play a part in fire adapted communities messaging. And then email to adafac@cityofboise.org all of your numbered challenge answers and photos in one email if possible.  You will receive a confirmation email the first or second week of June.
  17. BONUS CHALLENGE: Note - this specific challenge does not have to be completed as part of the overall challenge, but if it is completed it will give you an additional chance in the random drawing at the end.  Get another homeowner to participate in the challenge and let us know who they are.  If both of you participate in, and complete the challenge, we will give you two chances in the random drawing.  This challenge is only good for one additional chance per participant and can not be increased by getting multiple additional homeowners to participate.

RULES OF THE CHALLENGE:  By entering this contest, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to all the rules as set forth herein.

A.  Eligibility:  (1) You must live within the Ada County wildland urban interface (see map), and/or the designated City of Boise wildland urban interface (see map), to be eligible for the drawing.  Additionally, anyone living within the Columbia Village Owners' Association area, which is a nationally recognized Firewise USA site, will be eligible for the drawing; (2) you must be at least 14 years of age as of May 1, 2019; (3) you are not an employee, intern, or volunteer of the City of Boise, Idaho Firewise, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Franz Witte or other affiliated contractor; (4) you are not an immediate family member of any person employed with the City of Boise, Idaho Firewise, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Franz Witte or other affiliated contractor; and (5) you are not involved in the drawing or section of a prize winner.   

B.  Individual challenges do not have to be completed in any particular order, or on any particular day - they just need to be completed and submitted before the challenge ends.  When you complete the entire Wildfire Awareness Challenge, send one email with all of your challenge answers and photos to adafac@cityofboise.org .  It must be sent no later than May 31st at midnight Mountain Standard Time (MST) to be entered into the drawing.  The drawing will take place on, or about, June 1st, 2019 and the winner will be notified by mid-June.  Out of everyone that completes the challenge, one individual will be drawn and will receive a Fire Adapted landscaping package by Franz Witte Landscaping, with an approximate value of $3000.  The design of the package will be reviewed and approved by Brett Van Paepeghem with Idaho Firewise prior to landscaping work taking place, with the intent of reducing your risk from the real threat of wildfire in Ada County.  This may include removal of hazardous vegetation and/or installation of fire-resistant landscaping.

C.  Duplicated entries from the 2017 or 2018 Wildfire Awareness Challenge will not be accepted.  Participants from previous Wildfire Awareness Challenges are eligible for the 2019 Wildfire Awareness Challenge, however their answers and photos will need to be substantially different and distinct from their previous answers and photos.

D.  Each Participant agrees to release and hold harmless the City of Boise, Idaho Firewise, Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, Franz Witte, and their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate partners, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Challenge, and all their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives from and against any and all claims, expenses and liabilities.  These claims, expenses and liabilities include, but are not limited to, negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, personal injury or death arising out of or relating to a Challenge participation, or creation of an entry of submission for an entry.  No substitution of prize is allowed.  The winner is solely responsible for any taxes or fees that may be incurred by winner.  If a winner is a minor, the prize may be awarded to his or her custodial parent or legal guardian.

 

THIS CHALLENGE IS SUPPORTED BY THE FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES LEARNING NETWORK, AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER.

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 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.”

 

Other Comments:

“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.