A Passionate and Motivated CWPP Core Team
We had an unseasonably wet summer in northern New Mexico, which led to a fairly quiet fire season. As a result, the Forest Service was able to manage several naturally ignited fires for resource benefit. For those of us working to promote fire adapted communities, it has been a good opportunity to take stock of our mitigation and planning efforts.
CWPP Updates and Leveraging Resources
It was a clear sunny day in September when I drove north from Santa Fe to Questa, New Mexico to meet with Ron Gardiner. Ron is leading an update of the 2009 Taos County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The small town of Questa is dominated by the 1996 Hondo Fire scar, which burned the entire mountain face east of town. Ron began our conversation discussing his history with that fire and its watershed effects.
We assessed wildfire mitigation activities in the wild- land-urban interface (WUI) of New Mexico to identify which strategies are most effective. First, we modeled how fuel treatments change wildfire behavior in 12 WUI areas.
Montana Public Radio By EDWARD O'BRIEN • APR 7, 2016
The summer fire season is just around the corner, and a lifelong Montana firefighter says lots of homes in the area are at risk.
Dick Mangan owns Missoula’s Blackbull Fire Consulting business.
The State of New Mexico and collaborative stakeholders have made a concerted effort over the past fifteen years to identify areas throughout the state that are at risk for wildland fires. Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) have become the primary mechanism for evaluating risk due to their emphasis on community involvement and assessment of local resources.
Registration for the 2016 Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Summit is now open. This year’s WUI Summit will be held March 31st through April 2nd in Silver City, New Mexico at the Besse-Forward Global Resource Center on the Western New Mexico University Campus.
A short video explaining firefighters' roles in ecological restoration. From USDA's RESTORE series..