The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes for the risk of wildfire. Firewise is sponsored by the NFPA and the USDA Forest Service.
Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) is a collaborative approach that provides comprehensive resources to all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action. FAC is coordinated by NFPA and the USDA Forest Service, and supported by a coalition of the nation’s leaders in wildfire safety.
Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past fifty years.
In the past decade, wildfires have burned over 59 million acres of these lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2012 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over nine million acres burned. Decreasing fire risk in the wildland/urban interface (WUI) is a huge challenge, but NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division continues to work with organizations around the globe and across the country to raise awareness of and provide resources to communities to help them lower their risk of damage from wildfire.
NEW!Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation: A Best Practices Guide for Planners
and Regulators This guide is designed to help planners and local communities considering wildfire regulations to understand their options and implement a successful public process to adopt effective WUI tools that match local needs.