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Wildfire Mitigation Tools and Resources: I work for State / Local Government

The following tools and resources provide information regarding wildfire mitigation for state and local officials. This collection also includes a number of state and regional specific resources.

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Burn Safe Tennessee (TENNESEE) is founded on the Firewise principles but catered to the South-eastern regions, more specifically Tennessee.


Community Wildfire Desk Guide and Toolkit was created by the National Association of Conservation Districts in conjunction with the US Forest Service. The Guide is broken down by the stages of the fire (before, during, and after) and highlights the decades of second growth and fire prevention/exclusion and the consequences that communities are now facing.

Community Wildfire Desk Guide Supplemental Toolkit was created by the National Association of Conservation Districts. The supplemental toolkit is designed to aid local resource leaders and their partners in mitigating wildfire risks before, during, and after events. Consists of a variety of resources and links pertaining to Montana.

The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network created a Fire Adapted Communities Self-Assessment Tool which helps communities assess their level of fire adpatation and track their capacity to live safely with fire over time.


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Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation, A Best Practices Guide for Planners and Regulators published by the National Fire Protection Association, contains in-depth interviews and extensive analysis of best practices for wildfire regulations in communities across the country.

Interagency Coordination Guide: Working with communities and private landowners before, during, and after wildfires (IDAHO) is intended to help government agencies and non-governmental organizations better coordinate their efforts to assist communities and private landowners before, during, and after wildfires.


Interagency Wildfire Protection (ARIZONA) offers an in-depth list of resources ranging from mitigation to after-wildfire toolkits.


National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes, using best science, to make meaningful progress towards the three goals: Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe and Effective Wildfire Response.

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The Interagency Fire Center offers a variety of resources ranging from wildfire communications to fire shelters.

The One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire (California) toolkit and campaign is designed to provide constant reminders during the fire season to reduce the number of vehicle and equipment fires throughout the state of California. The toolkit consists of campaign information, educational materials, public service announcements, and graphics (posters, bumper stickers, rack cards) that promote safety messages about equipment such as lawn mowers igniting fires, tow chains sparking fires along roadways, and safe handling of campfires.

Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan outlines and details the importance of creating a community wildfire protection plan. It highlights not only the benefits to the community, but the opportunity to plan with interagency collaboration and coordination.

The Wildfire Communications Toolkit (Oregon) is used to assist messaging during and after wildfires. The guide covers key messages, including expanded messages about preparation (smoke alarms, evacuation kits, family meeting places and communication plans).

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Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SouthWRAP) (SOUTHERN REGION) developed by the Southern Group of State Foresters is the primary mechanism for the SGSF to make wildfire risk information available and create awareness about wildfire issues for Southern states.

Wildfire Toolkit (WISCONSIN) provides background information, practical guidance, strategies, media releases, talking points, definitions, and useful reference materials regarding wildfire.

Wildland Fire Resources (FLORIDA), developed by the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, offers a wide range of resources from Fire Prevention, Safety, Burn Authorizations, as well as numerous publications such as “What to do if you encounter smoke on the highway” and “Wildfire Risk Reduction in Florida: Home Neighborhood and Community Best Practices.” The resources cater to a wide range of audiences including homeowners and community leaders, as well as state and federal agencies.

Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide, developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, is designed to provide basic background information on relevant programs and terminology for those, whether community members or agency personnel, who are seeking to enhance their community’s wildfire mitigation efforts.




Last Updated: 
02/21/2020 - 16:18