Yesterday, I was in Boise, Idaho, meeting with our USDA Forest Service partners on the Firewise Communities/USA program and Fire Adapted Communities.
Following our meeting, I took some time to visit the National Wildland Firefighters Monument, which is on the grounds of the National Interagency Fire Center. The monument is maintained by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. The foundation lists the names of the fallen and serves to honor their sacrifice. Five have been added to the honor rolls thus far in 2014.
Walking its paths lined with commemorative stone markers that honor those wildland firefighters who have died in the line of duty, I was reminded of the great responsibility communities have, not only for their own safety, but for those who serve and protect them.
In its small way, Firewise helps communities come together and collectively tackle their wildfire risk. Wildfire is an important part of natural resource ecology and will always be with us. Reducing the risk wildfire poses to us and our communities is where residents can play their valued role in ensuring a safer environment for all.