March 26th through April 1st is Wildfire Prevention week! Please join us in spreading the message about preventing wildland fires in Arizona with the Fourth Annual Wildfire Prevention Poster Contest. The contest is open to 4th-8th graders. Our objectives are to educate Arizona’s youth on ways to reduce wildland fires and be safe with fire, and to utilize the ideas and messages from the poster contest participants in future fire prevention programs in Arizona.
The State Winners for 2016 was Amy Ortega of Granada East School in Phoenix, AZ. Congratulations to Amy, and a big thanks to all of the students who submitted posters; they were all excellent examples of fire prevention messages!
This year’s theme is “Understanding and Preventing Wildfires.” Download contest rules here and submittal information can be downloaded here, here, and here. You may also email Carrie Dennett at [email protected] for more information. Posters are due March 21, 2017.
Download flyer here.
Arizona State Forestry supports several programs to help prevent and reduce the start of wildland fires, and to educate communities and the public about what they can do to help these efforts:
Arizona State Forestry Division participates in NFPA's Firewise®Communities Program, 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 the Firewise® Program.
Community Wildfire Protection Planning-
Congress passed the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003 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 (CWPP). 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
Click here for more information on CWPPs.
Arizona State Forestry supports programs for youth such as Smokey Bear events and the Billy Brushwacker program.
Click here for more information on Youth Education Activities.