Steelhead resident Michelle Bishop, Mission’s Fire Prevention Officer and Active Captain, has shared the following links from the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) related to Wildfires.
The information is as applicable to us in Steelhead as it is to our American neighbours.
The NFPA’s Wildland Fires page notes:
“Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. And, in the last decade, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres of these lands in the US. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2015 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over 10 million acres burned.”
The Firewise Communities Program also provides “a number of proven tools and resources for homeowners and other community residents who work tirelessly to help prepare for and reduce the risk of wildfire damage and loss in their neighbourhoods.” Click here to checkout the Firewise Wildfire Preparedness information and the Firewise Toolkit.