Idaho Firewise, Inc.

Understand your role in Idaho's beautiful wildland/urban interface.

Foreground: Douglas hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii); native, 15’ tall best used deep into zone 2 or 3. Background: ‘Autumn Amber’ Sumac (Rhus trilobata) cultivar of native, 18” tall spreading to 10’, good for steep slope stabilization.

Journal of an Idaho Firewise Garden Assistant

Idaho Firewise employs a garden assistant as well as an intern every summer. Read week 13-14 now.

Firewise Community Action Day, Valley Co. ID.

The Idaho Firewise Grant Program

Idaho Firewise funds programs for groups engaging in wildfire education.

Foreground: ‘Powis Castle’ Wormwood (Artemisia arborescens) 2’ tall and 3-4’wide, Background: ‘Gro Low’ Sumac (Rhus aromatica) 3-4’ tall and wide, Very drought tolerant cultivar of native, the fall color is obvious!

Visit a Firewise Demonstration Garden

Demonstration gardens combine beauty with learning - what better way to spend a fall day!

60 Minutes Investigates Wildfire

Federal officers, local fire officials, residences and scientists answer the many questions put to them by the show’s reporter Steve Inskeep.

Firewise Community Action Day - moving firewood away from the house before fire season.

Idaho Firewise Communities

Annual Firewise Community renewals are due no later than November 15, 2017. Renew today!

As more people build in Idaho's forests and rangelands, they become part of the ever-increasing landscape where urban meets wild—the wildland/urban interface (WUI). People living in the WUI have higher wildfire risk, as well as greater responsibility for the safety of their families, property, pets, and livestock.

What is Firewise?

Firewise is a mindset that accepts the responsibility of living in ecosystems where wildfires are not a matter of if, but rather a question of whenTo save lives and property from wildfire, Firewise programs teach people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors and communities to work together to take action now to prevent losses. We all have a role to play when living in Idaho's beautiful wildland/urban interface.

Firewise Principles & Practices

Firewise principles and practices are actions that prepare WUI homeowners for a wildfire and focus on your home and surrounding landscape, evacuation planning, how to prevent wildfires, and learning about fire ecology and how wildfires are managed.

Firewise Culture

One of the many definitions of culture is "the total range of activities and ideas of a group of people with shared values, which are transmitted and reinforced by members of that group." Here, we encourage you to join and share information about Firewise cultures by participating in the Idaho Firewise Grant and/or Firewise Communities/USA programs, visiting a Firewise Demonstration Garden in Idaho, increasing your communication skills by using Firewise Terminology and learning more from the many resources in the Idaho Firewise Library.

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Our Partners

 Bureau of Land Management   Idaho Department of Lands Idaho Fire Chiefs Association Idaho Office of Emergency Services  Idaho Project Learning TreeIdaho Parks and Recreation  Mid-Snake RC&D Nez Perce Tribe Forestry and Fire  University of Idaho Extension Forestry USDA Forest Service  Idaho Emergency Management Association (IEMA)