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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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While planning this past spring for our virtual workshop series, more than 1,000 Firewise Communities were asked to rank a list of topics they were most interested in learning about through the new learning format. The top three choices were: Understanding how embers ignite roofs Mulch combustibility – which types... Continue reading
The recent Understanding How Embers Ignite Roofs in a Wildland Fire – and how to Make Them More Survivable workshop was recorded in its entirety, and is now available for downloading on the Online Courses and Education section of the Firewise site. Included in the one-hour format is a presentation... Continue reading
New Mexico State Forestry and partner agencies have created an online “After Wildfire” guide that offers information on how to deal with the aftereffects of wildfire. The guide was written to help New Mexico communities recover following a wildfire, but the information can easily be adapted and useful to wildland/urban... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Interest in next week’s Firewise Virtual Workshop: Understanding How Embers Ignite Roofs in a Wildland Fire and How to Make Your Roof More Survivable has been exceptionally strong. Limited openings remain for this live one-hour event – register now to attend! The one-hour format includes a thirty minute presentation by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Storm King Mountain sits a few miles northwest of the city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a picturesque place rich in scenic beauty and history; and the site of the 1994 South Canyon Fire that tragically took the lives of 14 wildland firefighters. It’s a fire that many say changed wildland... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo Credit:The Republic This Monday, June 30 marks the one year anniversary of the tragic day when 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew were killed outside Yarnell, Arizona in the Yarnell Hill Fire. To honor their loss the City of Prescott AZ is observing the anniversary with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
At the 2013 Backyards and Beyond conference in Salt Lake City, I had the honor of meeting Jessica Santoyo with the Eureka County Natural Resources Department in Nevada. She shared a unique youth program in their county where the local high school’s chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA)*... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo: Grants Pass, Oregon When my colleague and good friend LisaMarie from NFPA’s Public Affairs office suggested a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2014 photo album to showcase the awesome pictures we received from dozens and dozens of May 3 activities throughout the nation, I totally cringed. Don’t get me wrong,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Graphic Credit: CBS4 Denver, CO Today is the one-year anniversary of the Black Forest Fire - the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history. In recognition of the anniversary, Denver’s CBS4 is airing a half-hour special that will provide important information for residents everywhere living in an area with wildland fire... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
One of the great things about my job is the amazing people I get to meet and learn from through our outreach, advocacy and training sessions. Last week my colleague Hylton Haynes and I traveled to Billings, MT where we spent the day delivering a Firewise Principles and Community Risk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Reading through emails this morning, I opened one with a link to a Facebook post from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska where this week wildland firefighters were fighting the Funny River Fire. While working the fire they found a den of 5 two-week old wolf pups that’d been... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo Credit: FEMA Region VIII Denver, CO residents tend to think wildfire isn’t a risk they have to think about in their urban core, but the city is surrounded by parks and open space that's part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Mountain Division. With 14,000 acres of recreational space... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Final preparations for this Saturday’s inaugural nationwide Wildfire Community Preparedness Day are taking place in neighborhoods, towns and counties everywhere. Here's just a sampling of three that demonstrate the diversity, energy, empowerment and grassroots efforts occurring May 3: The Quincy High School S Club in northeastern California will be helping... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo: Montana Mitigation Bus Tour Thousands of communities nationwide have implemented wildfire preparedness efforts that make them outstanding applicants for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Awards. At NFPA, we hear amazing success stories about outstanding efforts implemented by participants in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Black Forest Fire, June 11, 2013 (Photo Credit: AP) In less than two weeks community leaders, elected officials and fire agency leaders will gather in Glenwood Springs, CO from April 16 - 17 to explore the true cost of wildfires and the short and long-term impacts of a large wildland... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Over the past five weeks, I watched as entries for the nationwide Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project funding awards grew to represent twenty five states ranging from Florida to Alaska. Each project entry had the potential to become a recipient of $500 to be used for a preparedness related activity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Last week following the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day live webinar, one of our virtual attendees reached out to share a fairly new and little known resource that’s available to every wildland/urban interface resident and community, and also to first responders and recovery personnel following a wildfire. Within a few minutes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo Credit: Scott Lord This past Saturday, a standing room only crowd of more than 170 wildland/urban interface residents participated in a Wildfire Preparedness Event at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, CO. A riveting presentation by Linda Masterson, researcher and author of Surviving Wildfire: Get Prepared, Stay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
What’s on your calendar today? If you were unable to join this week’s live Wildfire Community Preparedness Day webinar broadcast on February 25, you have another opportunity to catch all the information via the recorded version. During the live broadcast more than ninety participants learned about the wide range of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
As the buzz grows about the first national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, I can easily envision the creative wheels busily turning at fire departments, forestry agencies and Firewise Communities everywhere, as they start planning inspiring activities for their May 3, 2014 events. We constantly learn about innovative ideas being implemented... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Soon after the June 2013 Black Forest Fire (the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history) took two lives, destroyed 486 homes and burned more than 14,000 acres of ponderosa pine forest, area stakeholders began work on a collaborative visual learning tool for residents in their combined jurisdictions. The video’s objective... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
I've yet to meet someone who's list of wildfire mitigation projects has sufficient funding to implement all the activities they need to get accomplished. At every level from a small neighborhood, to rural county and large municipality, the funding for chippers, a slash site, or the personnel to do assessments... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo credit: Amy Sylvester, CSFD I can always count on my friend Christina Randall, Wildfire Mitigation Administrator with the City of Colorado Springs Fire Department for a jaw dropping mitigation story, and last Friday, she didn't disappoint. As I hungrily munched on egg rolls and wonton soup at lunch, she... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Within a couple of minutes of recently talking with Chris Chambers (Forest Division Chief) and Ali True (Firewise Communities Coordinator) with the City of Ashland Fire & Rescue, I instantly knew they’re part of a robust team fully committed to making Ashland, Oregon a fire adapted community. The collaborative undertakings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
One of the best parts of my job is hearing about actions homeowners and communities throughout the nation are taking to reduce their wildfire risk. There’s a plethora of stories about champions in thousands of communities organizing neighbors to work together to further their impact and effectiveness at making their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog