We've just named Patti Maguire the Firewise advisor for our Southwest 2 Region to help expand our community wildfire safety activities! Patti will join the program’s five existing regional advisors and oversee Firewise activities in communities in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
With the number and intensity of wildfires on the rise, there is greater need than ever before for people to take action to protect their families and homes from the threat of wildfires. Patti will work closely with our other advisors to help foster successful Firewise Communities/USA recognition by assisting sites that are new to the program and supporting the ongoing work of existing sites, in coordination with state forestry leadership. Due to her extensive background in forestry and wildfire prevention, Patti will be able to provide important information and technical support to communities throughout the country.
Patti began her career in forestry as a wildfire prevention and forest health consultant. Her experience includes working as a wildland firefighter for the USDA Forest Service and as a park ranger for the Bureau of Land Management. She would later become Summit County, Colorado’s wildfire mitigation officer and work as a consultant and project coordinator for Colorado Blue Logs in Kremmling, Colorado. As a member of the USDA Forest Service Wildfire Prevention and Education Team, Patti has traveled through the West and Great Plains states on interagency teams to provide intensive public awareness campaign in communities experiencing extreme wildfire conditions.