It's time to start working on your 2021 renewal application!  (7 Oct 2021, 5:00 pm)

Did you know that being recognized by the Firewise USA® program requires annual commitment to action? Each year, participating communities engage in educational outreach and science-based risk reduction within their boundaries. This annual work improves ...

From Washington, Big Investments in Wildfire Mitigation on the Horizon  (19 Sep 2021, 5:00 pm)

Last week, President Biden visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho and then continued to California to see first-hand the devastation wrought by the 200,000-acre Caldor fire. Talking to press from a Cal Fire hangar, he touted the conc...

Recognizing a need for clarification: Firewise recognition vs. certification  (14 Sep 2021, 5:00 pm)

As wildfires ignite landscapes and communities during this active fire year, interest in community action to improve wildfire safety is at an all-time high. Folks are seeking out the Firewise USA® recognition program in greater numbers than ever before, ...

Mind the Gap: What We Still Need to Learn about Wildfire  (8 Sep 2021, 5:00 pm)

What are the market and research gaps preventing us from solving the wildfire disaster problem? This was the question posed to a pre-pandemic gathering on advancing WUI resilience sponsored by NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation. An extensive...

What’s needed for wildfire safety? A briefing for Congressional staff  (6 Sep 2021, 5:00 pm)

As wildfires continue to erupt in Western states this season, safety advocates teamed up to provide a briefing to members of Congress and their staff, hosted by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI). As NFPA’s Wildfire Division Director, I jo...

What to do if your home insurance is not renewed: up-to-date information for California policyholders  (30 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm)

For many homeowners, choosing and purchasing property insurance is often a “set it and forget it” scenario. Federally-backed mortgage loans require homebuyers to purchase insurance, but how many homebuyers shop around for the best deal, discuss covera...

September is National Preparedness Month: Is Your Community Ready to Respond to a Severe Weather Event or Emergency?  (29 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm)

While the warmer months of the year signal a time when we can indulge in vacations, beach days, and outdoor activities, the summer and fall are also when hurricanes, thunderstorms, wildfires, and other natural disasters make their impressive mark across m...

Add these 3 videos to your community's next online gathering  (25 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm)

In many places, COVID-19 and its Delta variant continue to make in-person meetings difficult, but that doesn't have to stop your wildfire educational outreach with your fellow residents.  Reach your neighbors online with these three quick videos from F...

The breaking of yet another wildfire record calls for a holistic approach to solutions now  (10 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm)

On Sunday, the Dixie Fire in California became the state’s second largest wildfire in history, having consumed 463,000 acres across northern California and destroying over 400 homes.  It has impacted the lives of many and as firefighters work valiantly...

As Wildfires Burn Across Parts of the US, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Endorses Outthink Wildfire, an Initiative Aimed at Significantly Reducing Risk to Communities  (9 Aug 2021, 5:00 pm)

The relentless tally of wildfire losses makes it increasingly clear that the U.S. is facing a serious wildfire problem. During the first week of August, the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) reported seven new large fires, bringing the total number ...