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RFQ – FireWorks! Curriculum Developer

Idaho Firewise invites qualified independent contractors to submit resumés to complete a 17-month project to facilitate the revision and enhancement of the FireWorks! Curriculum to include education modules focused on the Sagebrush Ecosystem and to provide feedback and input for the Sammy Saves the West activity book. Contractor should have experience with curriculum development, as…

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60 Minutes investigates wildfire and the wildland/urban interface

“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…

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Journal of an Idaho Firewise Garden Assistant

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 –…

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Now Accepting Grant Applications

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…

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Creating Defensible Space Can Save your Home

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.

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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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