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Wildfire is everyone’s responsibility
Every year thousands of wildfires burn millions of acres across the United States. It’s not if, but when the next wildfire will threaten your community. The FAC offers information and specific actions you can take, no matter what your role, to reduce your risk to the next wildfire.
Do your part to protect your community NOW!
Neighbor to Neighbor
Neighbors are linked by their wildfire risk. If one home is inadequately prepared, the risk level to the entire neighborhood increases, and everyone’s safety is impacted. Work with your neighbors to make a difference. Learn about how to start employing Firewise principals in your community.
Residents & Home
Increase your home’s survival and family’s safety during a wildfire by making the right decisions now about defensible space and situational awareness. Learn how simple landscaping and home construction techniques can help you have an emergency preparedness plan ahead of time. Work with your local fire department on the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
A Fire Adapted Community acknowledges and takes responsibility for its wildfire risk, and implements appropriate actions at all levels. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces and other community assets. Learn how local communities are coming together to confront their common risk.
The CWPP Process
A local Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a collaborative plan created by the fire department, state and local forestry, land managers, community leaders, and the public.The planning process maps values at risk, and requires actions to reduce risk, such as prescribed burning, fuel reduction, or other measures that adapt a community to better confront their wildfire threat. Learn more about the CWPP process.
Communities in wildfire prone areas are working together to be fully prepared for wildfire. A “Fire Adapted Community” incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas to prepare for the effects of wildfire. Gain guidance from these FAC components and learn about specific actions you can take, no matter your role, to reduce your risk.
Science & Research
A wildfire is still a threat, even if it’s miles away. Traveling embers can ignite roofs, vents, lawn chairs, decks, fences, mulch, pine needles, and other common items around your house and yard. Cleaning your property of debris and maintaining your landscaping reduces the likelihood of ignition. Learn about the threat and steps you can take.
Land management and wildfire are closely related. Ranching, farming, timber and logging operations, species management, and development can impact wildfire risk. Learn more about your role in forestland management, healthy fire behavior on managed land, and farm/ranch fire guidance.
Codes & Standards
Consensus developed codes and standards can provide criteria for planning development in areas that might be threatened by wildfire. Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association’s main wildland fire standard and the International Code Council’s wildland-urban interface code.
Towns County Fire Adapted Communities – Pilot Hub is made possible by a Grant to Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council from The US Forest Service through The Nature Conservancy and The Watershed Training Center with a lot of hard work by local agencies & citizens.
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