Project Wildfire Programs
Project Wildfire has accomplished much over the last decade, due in no small part to our successful working relationships with our partners. Over the last five years in particular, Project Wildfire has carved out a four-pronged program of work that allows us to meet our mission and make a difference in our community and on the landscape.
Developing long-term prevention and education strategies
Project Wildfire is the coordinating group for the FireFree program. A year-round educational program, FireFree teaches residents how to protect their homes from wildfire. Using the 10 FireFree Tips, homeonwers learn how to create and maintain defensible space around their homes.
Project Wildfire furthers its educational outreach through:
- neighborhood and community presentations,
- educational articles, magazines and materials,
- speaking engagements at local, state and national conferences, and
- participation in community events.
Creating disaster resistant communities
Partnering with local communities and fire agencies, Project Wildfire facilitates the implementation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) that identify areas at risk and prioritize them for hazardous fuels reduction treatments. With recommendations for treatments on both public and private lands, the CWPPs are valuable tools in strengthening our communities against the threat of high intensity wildfires.
Reducing the severity of wildfires
Through national and state grant programs, Project Wildfire coordinates and implements projects to reduce hazardous fuels in the wildland urban interface. Thinning and reducing fuels that allow wildfire to spread and gain intensity lessens the damage fire can cause to communities and the environment.
Reducing the impact of fuels reduction on the environment
The success of the FireFree program and fuels reduction projects yields over 100,000 cubic yards of woody debris each year. Project Wildfire is committed to recycling this woody biomass for use as fuels to create clean energy and other consumer products such as compost. Through our collaborative partnerships, every bit of woody slash that comes from debris collection events and fuels treatment projects is utilized for further benefit.