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Fire prevention specialist recognized in ceremony

By IdahoFirewise | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Creating Defensible Space Can Save your Home

By IdahoFirewise | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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60 Minutes investigates wildfire and the wildland/urban interface

By IdahoFirewise | June 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

“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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2017 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award Winners Announced

By IdahoFirewise | March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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KIDO Radio and the D&B Garden Show talk about fire and the wildland/urban interface

By IdahoFirewise | June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Firewise Garden Opens to Educate Public about Defensible Space

By IdahoFirewise | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By IdahoFirewise | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Wilderness Ranch, ID receives 15-year recognition award in ceremony.

By IdahoFirewise | June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

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…

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Journal of an Idaho Firewise Garden Assistant

By IdahoFirewise | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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