Archive for March 2017

2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award Winners Announced

Thanks to the generous support from State Farm, 150 communities received project funding awards to support activities aimed at reducing potential loss of life, property and natural resources to wildfire. To be eligible for an award, applicants provided a brief description of the proposed project and how the State Farm award will fund that project…

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May is Fire Awareness Month in Idaho

By Proclamation by the Governor of Idaho, May has been declared Wildfire Awareness Month. Idaho Joined California, Nevada, and Oregon in their joint effort to declare May as Wildfire Awareness month in 2011. Over the years this partnership has grown considerably and has now become a solid movement, with 8 states partnering in the annual…

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Firewise Garden Opens to Educate Public about Defensible Space

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…

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How to Report a Wildfire

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…

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Era of Megafires Tour

In May, 2017 Idaho Firewise is bringing Era of Megafires to Idaho. Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multimedia presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg, who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes…

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