Fire adaptation is for everyone
who is involved in community fire adaptation
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.
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.
There are no constraints on each role – and we can’t do it alone.
Community members, local governments, busiensses, and evironmental and fire management organizations.
Community members can take an active role in reducing the potential for home iginition and taking part in community wide discussions to reduce fire risk.
Local governments can create policies, regulations, and resoruces to help communities become more fire adapted and resilient.
Environmental and fire management agencies and organizations can provide technical assistance and resources to help communites become better prepared.
No role is specific to one entity.
resources from across the nation
washington specific resources
In Washington, we are working with partners and WAFAC members to curate and create resources unique to our State – and tailored for you.
what is your role?
You may take on many different roles in your community fire adaptation efforts. Below you will find resources specific to those roles and to help you be better prepared for, to respond to, and recover from wildfire.
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
- FEMA grant funds are available for pre and post-emergency or disaster-related projects. These funds support critical recovery initiatives, innovative research, and many other programs.
- Check-out these blogs from the national Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network: “Post Fire Recovery Resource Round-up” and “Understanding Post Fire Federal Resources“
- Washington Emergency Management offers Disaster Assistance for individuals, businesses, government, public assistance, and community organizations and grants for state and local jurisdictions.
- Non-federal owners of fewer than 5,000 acres of forestland seeking to improve forest health and reduce the threats of wildfire and bark beetle damage are eligible to sign-up for cost-share opportunities for Central and Eastern Washington.
- USDA is here to help you prepare, recover, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters. Visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover for more information and to get started.
- USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service helps agricultural producers and communities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Emergency Watershed Program (EWP) to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land after disasters, including wildfires.
- USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following wildfires or other qualifying natural disasters. For more information on these programs, visit or contact your local FSA office.