Wildfire mitigation is imperative to improving community resiliency to wildfire. Right now, across the country, communities and property owners are implementing successful wildfire preparedness efforts resulting in on-the-ground risk reduction. The IAFC, in partnership with the National Fire Protection Association, National Association of State Foresters, and USDA Forest Service, recognizes and honors those implementing effective mitigation through the Wildfire Mitigation Awards.
These awards seek to increase risk-reduction work on the ground and recognize the value of community fire adaptation for the greater good. Getting the public to understand wildfire is a year-round, national challenge, but every investment made makes a difference in reducing wildfire risk.
Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board said, “Community involvement and sharing best practices are important tools to help mitigate the risk of wildland fire and save lives and property. Honoring those who are implementing effective mitigation strategies helps us learn from each other and step up our game each year.”
Rewarding the efforts made by one individual or an entire community motivates others to look at the work that should be done to mitigate their own wildfire risk. We all cheer when one wins, and it inspires others to go forward, just as it did, Pat Dwyer, the 2019 WMA winner
To hear more from the partners about why recognizing mitigation leaders with a WMA is essential, and to learn from winners what it means to be recognized, check out this video
If you know of someone deserving of recognition for their wildfire mitigation work, please review the Wildfire Mitigation Award criteria and submit a nomination