– Planning for wildfire at the edge of development –
IS YOUR COMMUNITY PREPARED?
Idaho Department of Lands, University of Idaho and Idaho Smart Growth have teamed up to conduct six one-day community workshops to review and assess level of wildfire preparedness, identify additional strategies to pursue and create an action plan.
Community Workshop Opportunity:
We invite communities to apply for one of six one-day workshops around the state. As a part of the workshop, we will review and assess level of wildfire preparedness and set next step actions in place for further planning.
Outcomes for communities who are selected will include:
- Review of existing wildfire preparedness
- Were all stakeholders involved with developing their county’s community wildfire protection plan?
- If you have multiple wildfire planning efforts are these connected?
- Are all agencies collaborating on wildfire planning?
- Have opportunities for improvements been identified if a fire does come to their community?
- Identify additional planning they need/want to do to improve their wildfire preparedness and resiliency
- Identify who needs to be further engaged
- Prioritize strategies to improve prevention and recovery such as education, building codes, land use decisions, mitigation, revegetation, etc.
Who should attend?
While the focus of the workshop will be the hosting community, others may attend to learn more about how to better prepare for wildfire to reduce the economic impacts to the community and protect homes, businesses, other development and working lands. Wildfire is no longer something that happens only in wildlands. City planners, fire and police, mayors and citizens all have role to play in making their community ready in the event of a wildfire.Learn More
Wildfire planning resources:
- Planning for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI): A Resource Guide for Idaho Communities
- Idaho Firewise, Inc.
- Headwaters Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW)
- National Community Mitigation Assistance Teams (CMAT)
- Barrett, Kimiko. “Communities Utilize Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risks and Costs.” Headwaters Economics. 2018.
- Kolden, Crystal. “What the Dutch Can Teach Us About Wildfires.” The New York Times. 2018.
- Miller, Stephen. “West must develop wildfire ethic to survive.” San Francisco Chronicle. 2018.
- Pohl, Kelly. “Building a Wildfire-Resistant Home: Codes and Costs.” Headwaters Economics. 2018.