Wildfire Awareness Week, 2014

Alabaugh Fire
Alabaugh Fire. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

Many states observe Wildfire Awareness Week, with goals of raising the public awareness of wildfires and promoting actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.

  • Arizona: Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 30-April 5, 2014
  • California: always the first week in May, May 4-10, 2014
  • Colorado: Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness Week, March 16-21, 2014.
  • Florida: second week in April
  • Idaho: first full week in June
  • Kansas: February 16-22, 2014
  • Michigan: Wildfire Safety & Awareness Week, March 16-22, 2014
  • Montana: June 2-8, 2014
  • Nebraska: March 24-28, 2014
  • New Mexico: Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 30-April 5, 2014
  • Nevada: Wildfire Awareness Month, May 1-31, 2014
  • Oregon: (first full week of May) May 7-11, 2014
  • Pennsylvania: March 16-22, 2014
  • South Dakota: May 2-9, 2014
  • Washington: May 5-11, 2013

(UPDATE May 3, 2014: News3 reports, “A multi-state proclamation, signed by the Governors of Nevada, California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, recognizes May 2014 as Wildfire Awareness Month and encourages all citizens to “learn to live safely in a wildfire environment.”)

The seven states and four Canadian provinces in the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission’s Compact will observe Wildfire Awareness Week April 20-26, 2014. This will include the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York, as well as the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Labrador.

If you have updated information about exactly when states will observe Wildfire Awareness Week this year, or standard time periods each year, let us know.

The International Association of Wildland Fire has proclaimed the weeks of May 1–7 (northern hemisphere) and October 1–7 (southern hemisphere) to be “Global Wildfire Awareness Week”. The NPFA will observe May 3, 2014 as the first “National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day”.

Handout materials

  • Organizations can order many free Firewise outreach materials (including brochures, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, door hangers, stickers, and an interactive Firewise Challenge Exhibit Kit) from http://firewise.org/catalog.aspx.
  • A variety of wildfire prevention materials are available to local, state, tribal and federal partners to purchase from http://www.symbols.gov.
  • The U.S. Fire Administration also has some free publications and handouts.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

3 thoughts on “Wildfire Awareness Week, 2014”

  1. Resources and potential project ideas for the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day are available at WildfirePrepDay.org. Twenty pre-written Facebook and Twitter posts are also available by request.

    Communities planning a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project can add their event to the “Put Your Project on the Map” feature on the WildfirePrepDay.org site to visually demonstrate the grassroots efforts communities nationwide are implementing to reduce wildfire risk, the impacts of a recent wildfire or advancing preparedness efforts.

  2. The City of Austin has issued a proclamation in support of May 3, as Austin Wildfire Preparedness Day.

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