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Community Assistance
Fire mitigation, prevention, and education are some of the most important tools fire specialists can use to protect people and the land. These specialists want both Arizona’s residents, as well as visitors, to understand what precautions should be taken, and why some activities create the risk of igniting a fire.

The goal of the BLM’s fire mitigation, education and community assistance program is to reduce the number of human-caused fires, and help communities reduce their risk of wildfire. These efforts and actions protect lives, property and the environment. This also helps to ensure that firefighters can be available to manage or suppress naturally caused fires when they occur. To do this, the BLM undertakes several outreach initiatives, including:

  • Community Outreach
  • Commuication and Emergency Preparedness Plans
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Targeted Education and Awareness on Common Causes of Human-Caused Wildfires
  • Focused Patrol and Fire-Watch Efforts in Known Areas of Ignition Activity
  • Public Information and Multi-Media Messaging 
  • Performing General Fire Hazard Assessments
  • Provide Technical Expertise and Guidance to Home and Property Owners

For more information on our educational outreach and fire prevention program:
BLM Arizona Fire Prevention and Fire Education

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Community/County Wildfire Protection Plans and Hazard Mitigation Assessments

BLM Arizona is an active partner with local governments, local firefighting agencies, and state and federal land management agencies. Through this cooperative partnership, Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Wildfire Hazard and Mitigation Plans are developed, fuel treatments are planned and implemented, school education programs are implemented, and defensible space concepts are taught to private landowners and community groups. 

Several community plans have been completed around the state in recent years. Completed County/Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) can be found here: https://azsf.az.gov/Arizona-cwpp

Some of the following Community Hazard Mitigation Plans are below.  Many have been incorporated into their respective County CWPPs.


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Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Program

Communities At Risk of Wildfire Agreement

Working in cooperation with Arizona State Forestry and in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service the Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Mitigation program has been developed to assist, communities adjacent to public lands, perform essential fuels reduction in order to reduce their risk of wildfire. 

Communities are required to submit an application/project proposal. They also identify the adjacent agency (BLM/USFS).  The adjacent agency's funds are then awarded to the communities selected.  Priority is given to those communities at most risk of wildfire and the allocation is based on funding available. 

Communities who have recieved BLM allocations in the past include:

  • [Gila District] Arivaca Fire Department – Protecting Arivaca and adjacent Altar Valley communities;
  • [Colorado River District] Pine Lake Fire Department – Protecting Pine Lake;
  • [Gila District] Tucson District (AZSF) – Protecting Banning Creek, Pomerene, Cascabel, St. David, Safford;
  • [Phoenix District] Yarnell Fire Department – Protecting Yarnell.

More information on the program and how to apply can be found at :

https://azsf.az.gov/grants/hazard-fuels/mitigation

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Firewise and Developing Fire Adapted Communities

A fire adapted community incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources, and natural areas into the effort to prepare for the effects of wildland fire.  Firewise is a key component of being a fire adapted community.  It is a collaborative approach that connects all those who play a role in wildfire education, planning and action with comprehensive resources to help reduce risk.

Everyone has a role to play.  We work directly with our adjacent communities, providing guidance and technical expertise.  Contact your nearest BLM District Office for more information or assistance.

To learn more about the Firewise approach and techniques visit: http://www.firewise.org/

For more information about becoming an official Firewise Community contact Arizona State Forestry Division or visit: https://azsf.az.gov/fire/prevention/firewise

To learn more on how to help your community become a Fire Adapted Community visit: http://www.fireadapted.org/