FIRE ADAPTATION
IS FOR ALL OF US

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Within the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) framework, everyone has a role to play.

When taking on fire adapted communities work, it is important to ask who is at the table, who is not at the table, who you could be working with, and what might be possible if you work together.

There are no constraints on each role – and we can’t do it alone. This effort is large and complex and we need all hands on deck. Let’s tap into our collective creativity, tools, knowledge, and understanding, and listen to a diversity of perspectives to make this work and fit the unique context of our special place.

Here are a few resources for you…

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WAFAC is a peer learning network that supports local action, connects people to resources, facilitates results, and informs and influences on-the-ground projects to help Washington better live with wildfire.

Here are some resources for you.

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FIRE ADAPTED COMMUNITIES FRAMEWORK

“Fire adapted communities” or (FAC) are communities that understand their risk and are taking action to better prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfire. In Washington, fire adaptation means accepting fire as part of the surrounding landscape, taking action to reduce risk and the need for extensive protection actions, and continuously adapting to live safely with wildfires.

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Who takes action?

Because all stakeholders share wildfire risk, everyone shares responsibility.

Video:  Understanding Your Role
English     /    Spanish

Graphic:  Roles
English     /    Spanish

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When to take action?

Everyone can start living with wildfire at any point: before, during, or after.

Facilitation Guide:  The Fire Adaptation Cycle – Before, During, and After
English   +   Spanish

Graphic:  Before, During, After
English    /    Spanish

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What actions to take?

FAC is not a one-size-fits-all approach; actions will vary from place to place.

FAC Graphic and Facilitator’s Guide:  Examples of Activities and Programs

English    /    Spanish

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fire adapted community? What is the WAFAC Learning Network?

Frequently Asked Questions

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EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN FIRE ADAPTATION.

Because everyone is at risk, everyone shares responsibility. Whether we are approaching wildfire personally or through work, we can take action in the ways at the scale that make sense for us. As individuals, we can prepare our families, homes, and neighbors. Or we may be in a position where we can make a difference in our towns, counties, watersheds, state, or even at a national level. Fire knows no boundaries, and so we must work across ours.

We encourage you to collaborate locally and identify actions that will change fire outcomes in your community. Let’s get to work.

Getting Started:

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If you are working with residents to prepare for wildfire – or want to begin to prepare yourself, your family, and neighbors – we have developed facilitation toolkits to help you start conversations in your community. The toolkits are a collection of editable resources (videos, sample agendas, and presentations) about the role of wildland fire on our landscape, individual and family preparedness, evacuation, smoke, and home preparedness.

STATE AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

State and federal entities offer community wildfire assistance programs focused on cooperation and collaboration. They provide funding and technical expertise for hazardous fuel reduction on non-federal lands, Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), prevention efforts to reduce human-caused fires, wildland fire training for fire departments, and rangeland fire protection associations (RFPAs), business continuity planning, and community recovery efforts. Check-out a few resources available in our State.

Financial Assistance Programs

 

 

 

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What smoke resource or fire adaptation website do you find the most useful and intuitive to use? What resources have you relied on in your personal or professional life that made life easier—before, during or after the fire? We’d love to hear what tools work best for you.

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This project was made possible through support provided by the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Department of Agriculture United State Forest Service (USFS), and The Watershed and Research and Training Center (WTRC) to the Washington Resource Conservation and Development Council (WRCD).  The content and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the USFS, BLM, DOI, WTRC, or the WRCD and no official endorsement should be inferred.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

ON A MISSION IN WASHINGTON

As handy as it might be, there is no road map or checklist for fire adaptation. The scale of our task and the geographically distinct regions of our state demand that smart people with different perspectives come together. Together, we’re making headway living with wildfire in Washington.

EMAIL@fireadaptedwashington.org
123 Main Street
Washington 99999

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