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Cathy Prudhomme
Denver Field Office
Associate Project Manager - Wildland Fire Youth Education
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Photo Credit: Mike McMillan USFS (Rim Fire - Fire in the Pines) Since the start of the year, we've posted a monthly young artists series of artwork with wildfire topics, provided by our friends with the Napa County, CA Firewise program. This month's artwork submission was accompanied by an article... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Congratulations to Diego Vasquez, age 9 of Napa, for being the Napa County, CA Firewise featured artist for October. Diego’s illustration of a firefighter challenging a wind-driven wildfire is a reminder of what can occur during Red Flag conditions. The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Congratulations to Marc Forns, age 7, of Napa, California, for being the Napa Firewise featured young artist for September. Marc’s illustration of a threatening column of wildfire should be a motivation to get us all to become participants in September’s National Preparedness Month campaign. Marc’s artwork was done using the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Ambassadors representing NFPA’s Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) outreach efforts recently delivered a series of nine informational forums in diverse wildland/urban interface areas that spanned a geographical area from Spokane, WA to Brooksville, FL. Each forum provided attendees with an overview of the Fire Adapted Communities concept and included an interactive... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In a staff briefing this morning with NFPA’s Regional Firewise Advisors, Michele Steinberg shared with the group a great piece she’d recently received from the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, CA called, “Are you doing the right thing – the wrong way?” A part of California’s One Less Spark... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Photo Credit: Randy Johnson (Larkspur Fire Protection District) Last week I had an opportunity to accompany southern Colorado Fire Marshals Vernon Champlin (Falcon Fire Protection District), Margo Humes (Wescott Fire Protection District) and Randy Johnson (Larkspur Fire Protection District), as they interviewed homeowners and firefighters impacted by the June 2013... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo During the devastating June 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, the City of Manitou Springs, CO was spared any home loss or damage from the fire that destroyed 347 homes in neighboring Colorado Springs. Now, the approximately 5,000 residents of the popular tourist destination are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Photo Credit: Jonathan Pobre/AP - Powerhouse Fire, Santa Clarita, CA May 30, 2013 Do an Internet search using the two words “seven steps” and you’ll get a whole menagerie of things ranging from: seven steps to getting out of debt - to seven steps of successful writing; along with more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In my family, I’m considered somewhat of a wildfire education zealot. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I’ll even find ways to implant myself into related conversations with strangers in the checkout line at our neighborhood garden store; and I really get on my soapbox when talking to WUI residents with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Congratulations to Napa, California artist Cali Olmstead, age 10, for being the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation featured artist for the month of August. Cali’s illustration of two firefighters protecting their animal friends from a crown fire is an important reminder that every household needs an emergency plan (for people, pets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Since 2011, Montana's Lincoln County FireSafe Council has sponsored three Firewise bus tours; with the most recent event held in the City of Troy. The tours create awareness of wildfire hazards for both citizens and community leaders and demonstrate the steps that can be taken to mitigate the hazards. Participants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Communities large and small throughout Montana are participating in neighborhood preparedness parties. The community-based approach is a part of the Ready Montana initiative that seeks to engage residents from a wide range of ages into being safer, stronger and better prepared for all types of hazards, including wildfire. Over the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The Napa, CA Firewise Program’s featured artist of the month for July is nine-year-old Emily Teagarden. Her drawing of two animals surrounded by wildfire demonstrates the importance of including pets, large animals and livestock in emergency preparedness and evacuation plans. Having a plan and being prepared can save both animal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog