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.
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.
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.
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.
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.