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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May is Wildfire Awareness Month - Do your part to prevent wildfires!


Statewide, Idaho – Eleven western governors, including Idaho Governor Brad Little, recently designated May as “Wildfire Awareness Month.”  Throughout the month, residents are encouraged to learn how they can protect their homes and communities from wildfire, in addition to helping firefighters reduce the number of human-caused fires. The Bureau of Land Management will be providing a “Fire Prevention Tip of the Day” throughout the month in Idaho to promote fire education and awareness prior to fire season. 

“It takes a ‘team effort’ to battle wildfires and we want everyone to be a part of this team,” said John Ruhs, BLM Idaho State Director. “It is vital that we work with our community partners and local fire departments. This only serves to strengthen our fire resources in Idaho.” 

Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) identified May 4 as National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, an opportunity for communities to work together to protect their homes from wildfire. Wildfire Community Preparedness Day projects can also help strengthen relationships between residents and the local fire department, land management agencies and community leaders.  Check out the NFPA webpage for details: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/National-Wildfire-Community-Preparedness-Day

Multiple events and activities will be taking place across the state to promote Wildfire Awareness Month. The listings below are just a few of the upcoming opportunities, so check with your local land management agency or fire department for information on other events.

In the Twin Falls and surrounding areas:
·         May 3-4, College of Southern Idaho Softball Games
·         May 7, Harrington Fork Natural Resource Day
·         May 14, Rock Creek Natural Resource Day

In the Idaho Falls and surrounding areas:
·         May 4, Teton Valley Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Teton Basin Ranger District
·         May 18, Portneuf Valley Farmer's Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Old Town Pocatello
·         May 25, Idaho Falls Farmer's Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the river walkway

In the Boise and surrounding areas:
·         May 6, SW Idaho Fire Adapted Forum at the Barber Park Events Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. REGISTER:
·         May 8, Firewise Class at the Foothills Learning Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m
·         May 18, Karney Lakes Wildfire Preparedness Day

For more information about wildland fire prevention and community preparedness, visit www.idahofireinfo.com, www.idahofirewise.org, or http://fireadpated.org/.

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