Funds to support community wildfire risk reduction projects during May 7 event
March 15, 2016 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® today announced the final recipients of the Wildfire Preparedness Day Project Award. A total of 125 projects were selected from nearly 300 entries that spanned 40 states.
The project funding awards, in conjunction with NFPA’s third annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 7, 2016, were started to help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.
As a co-sponsor of Preparedness Day, State Farm, with its long history of providing proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions, will provide monetary awards of $500 each to help fund these winning community projects.
To be eligible for a funding award, residents provided a brief description of the proposed project and how the State Farm award will fund the project that will begin or be completed on May 7, 2016. Descriptions included how groups or individuals would work toward reducing the risk of wildfire or impact of a recent fire, and/or advance preparedness for wildfire in the community.
Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfire. The combination of drought, mild temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), more than 68,000 fires burned over 10 million acres in 2015, now considered one of the worst fire seasons in decades.
For more information about national Wildfire Preparedness Day, please visit www.wildfireprepday.org.