Idaho Firewise, Inc.
Understand your role in Idaho's beautiful wildland/urban interface.
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.
Journal of an Idaho Firewise Garden Assistant
Idaho Firewise employs a garden assistant as well as an intern every summer. Check back each week for a new installment!
KIDO Radio and The D& B Garden Show talk about fire in the WUI
Listen to area favorites talk about what you can do to live safe in the wildland/urban interface.
Visit a Firewise Demonstration Garden
What way to better spend a day than walking around a garden? Spend a day visiting a Firewise demonstration garden and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while you learn.
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 when. To 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.
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.
Idaho Firewise employees a garden assistant as well as an intern every summer. These (lucky!) people help our South Idaho Project Manager, Brett VanPaepeghem, with the daily weeding and raking, planting, sowing and growing that keeps Idaho Firewise Demonstrations gardens looking great. Check back each week for a new installment! ID Firewise Garden Journal –…Read More
Wilderness Ranch, ID receives 15-year recognition award in ceremony Last fall, the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildfire Division announced that nine of the inaugural twelve communities to participate in its national Firewise Communities/USA program have completed their fifteenth year of participation. Wilderness Ranch, ID is one of this elite group of forward thinking communities and…Read More
“In the Path of Fire” – a 12 minute segment broadcast on a recent 60 Minutes news magazine program – addresses the reality of wildfires in the U.S. and the increasing frequency of large wildfire events with structures involved. Jack Cohen, retired USDA Forest Service Fire Scientist from the Missoula Fire Lab, talks about how…Read More
BOISE — Boise Fire investigators say it was fireworks that started an early morning grass fire on Protest Road in Boise. The fire shot up a hillside and caught some juniper trees on fire, and then a nearby home. Watch the video and read the article now.Read More
The D & B Garden Show, broadcast by KIDO Radio, recently featured a one-hour spot about fire and the wildland/urban interface. Radio host Debbie Cook, Idaho Master Gardener and Certified Arborist, interviewed Kari Steneck, BLM Fire Prevention Officer and Brett Van Paepeghem, South Idaho Project Leader for Idaho Firewise. The interviews starts with a description…Read More
Many state and federal programs provide funding to help communities in wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas reduce their wildfire risk. Funding has been awarded to Idaho’s county governments, fire-based emergency services, tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Grants support hazardous fuels reduction, improved readiness and capacity of local fire districts, and community planning. The focus is on reducing…Read More
First – Keep yourself safe. Depending on the size of the fire, it may not be wise to try to get a closer look. Get to a vantage point where you can gather valuable information to relay to the dispatcher. Then call 911. Location, Location, Location. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible (cross…Read More
TWIN FALLS • As Brett VanPaepeghem drives around neighborhoods, he notices most people aren’t as safe as they might believe. VanPaepeghem, who is the Boise-based southern Idaho project manager at Idaho Firewise, says homeowners often don’t put enough space between the shrubs and trees surrounding their homes. This can increase the risk of loss from…Read More
TWIN FALLS, ID – On April 25, 2017, Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Office Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist Jennifer Myslivy was awarded the Bronze Smokey Bear Award during a ceremony held at the BLM Twin Falls District office. Jennifer is a Technical Advisor on the Idaho Firewise Board of Directors and is an…Read More