Principles & Practices
Fires have been part of Idaho’s landscape for centuries, but Idaho Firewise is relatively new. Idaho Firewise is a non-profit organization that was initiated in 2008 following a statewide survey showing a need for wildfire education. Since then, Idaho Firewise has grown and partnered with the national Firewise program.
The Idaho Firewise Board of Directors is a mixed representation of agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals that have a vested interest in wildland fire education. The board meets 5 times a year, usually virtually as members are located throughout the state. All meeting agendas and minutes are available by request.
Idaho Firewise is a non-profit organization that coordinates, supports, and promotes wildland fire education to broaden the understanding of wildfire’s role in ecosystems, and equips and motivates those who live in or visit Idaho to reduce loss from wildfire.
- Provide a coordinated, consistent, interagency, and consensus-driven approach to wildland fire education in Idaho.
- Define target audiences, messages, methods of delivery, and match audience needs with existing materials or develop new materials.
- Develop resources and support for educational and other community-led activities across the state.
- Establish and grow partnerships with private and public entities that have a stake in wildfire prevention and education.
- Coordinate the development and delivery of key messages.
- Facilitate information sharing across agencies and jurisdictional lines.
- Inventory, catalog, and provide a web-based clearinghouse of existing fire education materials.