The Department of Forestry and Fire Management works diligently throughout the year to reduce the threat of devastating wildfires by conducting fuels mitigation working and educating the public and our communities about what they can do to help these efforts.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management supports several programs to help prevent and reduce the start of wildland fires and to educate the communities and the public about what they can do to help these efforts:
Firewise USA ™
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management participates in Firewise USA™, a program that teaches people how to adapt to live with wildfire. As a homeowner, there are simple things you can do to reduce the risk of your property from wildfire.
Click here for more information on Firewise USA™.
Community Wildfire Protection Planning
In 2003, Congress passed the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) to provide funding and guidance for better forest management practices throughout wildland areas and the wildland urban interface. One of the key outcomes of the HFRA was to incentivize communities to create Community Wildfire Protection Plans or CWPPs. An approved CWPP can influence and prioritize future funding for hazardous fuel reduction projects, including where and how federal agencies implement fuel reduction projects on federal lands
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire supports programs for youth. With the help of Smokey Bear, we go into classrooms and participate in community-wide events to teach kids the importance of campfire safety and fire prevention in general. If you'd like more information on classroom education, agency participation in community events, or Smokey Bear, please email [email protected].
Arizona's At-Risk Communities
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