Fire Prevention, Education and Awareness

Fire is everyone's fightThe Pacific Southwest Region (R5) Fire Prevention Program is directed at reducing the incidence of human caused fires, through personal contact, reduction of fuel hazards, and law enforcement.

The Fire Education Program is centered toward educating the public relative to their perception of fire safety measures promoted in the Pacific Southwest Region and at the local level.

The Fire Awareness Program raises public knowledge regarding the specifics of fire safety, the prevention of human caused wildland fires and the publics' responsibility in these efforts.

Specific direction under the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy states:

  • Dept of Interior: "Wildfire prevention is an integral part of the total suppression program and ranges from public education to hazard reduction activities. Bureaus will develop and participate in interagency fire prevention cooperatives."
  • Forest Service: "The objective of wildfire prevention is the cost-efficient reduction of fire suppression expenditures and damages from human-caused fires to levels commensurate with resource management objectives and fire management direction."
  • Others: "Agencies will work together and with other affected groups and individuals to prevent unauthorized ignition of wildland fires."


1957 Report of Fire Task Force to the Chief

This 1957 report was submitted to the Chief of the Forest Service by a task force including W.R. Moore, V.A. Parker, C.M. Countryman, L.K. Mays, and A.W. Greeley. This report marks the origin of the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders, 18 Watchout Situations and of the research into and use of fire behavior knowledge in wildland firefighting. This report was also a milestone in the development of both the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Advanced Resource Technology Center (NARTC). NARTC has since evolved into the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI).


California Fire Safe Council

California Fire Safe Council

California Fire Safe Council's mission is to "Mobilize Californians to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires."


Firewise is a project of the National Fire Protection Association

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.