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 :
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/