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Recommended Websites

Website Categories

Educational Websites
Environmental Organizations
Fire Bans & Restrictions
Insects & Diseases
Invasive Species Management
Land Management Agencies

Research
Resources for Wildland Homeowners
State Forest Services
Wildfire Information
Wildfire Mitigation Information

Educational Websites

American Red Cross - Fire safety information. Also learning materials for children.

BLM Environmental Education - Information for students, teachers and adult learners to use both in the classroom, in informal outdoor settings, or in "virtual" classrooms.

Discovery Channel - Fire ecology curriculum for grades K-12.

FEMA for Kids - Teaching kids about prescribed fire.

Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, broad-based environmental education program for educators and students in PreK - grade 12.

Smokey Bear - Ideas for teaching children to be safe with fire in the wildlands can be found.

Environmental Organizations

The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Wilderness Society - Protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education.

Fire Bans & Restrictions

Colorado Fire Bans & Restrictions - Fire restrictions by county and agency on the Colorado Fire Restrictions website.

Wyoming Fire Restrictions - From the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management.

Insects & Diseases

Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey - On the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture website.

Summit County Pine Beetle Task Force - The goal of the task force is to assist property owners, property owners associations and property management companies on ways to prevent the spread of pine beetle while diminishing the danger of wildfires.

Invasive Species Management

Colorado Department of Agriculture - County Weed Programs - Information on invasive species management and Colorado county noxious weeds programs and contacts.

Research

Colorado Forest Restoration Institute - The mission of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI) in the College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University is to provide the best available science in forest ecology, restoration and management, in ways that are readily usable by the diverse group of land managers in Colorado.

Community Wildfire Protection Plans - Enhancing Collaboration and Building Community Capacity - This site describes an applied research project that seeks to analyze the lessons learned about collaborative processes among approximately ten community wildfire protection plan (CWPP) development processes in the United States.

Joint Fire Science Program - Develops wildland fire science-based knowledge and tools to support federal, tribal, state and local agencies, and their partners.

Rocky Mountain Research Station - The Rocky Mountain Research Station is one of five regional units that make up the USDA Forest Service Research and Development organization — the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world.

State Forest Services and Other Land Management Agencies

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection - Protects the people of California from fires, responds to emergencies, and protects and enhances forest, range, and watershed values providing social, economic, and environmental benefits to rural and urban citizens.

Colorado State Forest Service - The mission of the Colorado State Forest Service is to provide for the stewardship of forest resources and to reduce related risks to life, property and the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.

Kansas Forest Service - Care of natural resources and service to people through forestry.

Nebraska Forest Service - Provides education and services to the people of Nebraska covering all aspects of planting, protection, care, and utilization of our forest and tree resources.

South Dakota Forest Service - Mission is to protect South Dakota's natural resources from the ravages of wildfire.

Utah Fire Information - Information dedicated to fire - of interest to people in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Wyoming State Forestry Division - Provides two basic programs to the people of the state; Forest Management and protection of State Trust Lands, and Forestry Assistance.

Wildfire Information

FEMA - Resources for the News Media.

Fire Weather Information - USDA Forest Service Fire Consortia for advanced modeling of meteorology and smoke. Observed and predicted fire weather, fire maps and fire news.

InciWeb - Incident Information System - Interagency website for national wildfire incidents. Searchable by state or incident.

MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program - Fire warnings & watches within the past 12 hours. From the USDA Forest Service.

National Interagency Fire Center - National wildland fire news, outlooks, updates and fire statistics.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group - The purpose of NWCG is to establish an operational group designed to coordinate programs of the participating wildfire management agencies.

NOAA's National Weather Service - Wildfire weather information from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center - Dispatch centers, area fire information, prevention, outlooks and restrictions.

Rocky Mountain Center Weather Intelligence - Observed and predicted weather reports for the Rocky Mountain area.

Southwest Colorado Fires - Fire information clearinghouse for SW Colorado. Includes fire updates and restrictions.

Wildfire Assessment System - USDA Forest Service Wildland Fire Assessment System, is an internet-based information system. The current implementation provides a national view of weather and fire potential, including national fire danger and weather maps and satellite-derived "Greenness" maps.

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned - The Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center is an interagency resource center that is systematically correcting the current situation where learning remains isolated, short-lived and trapped in the memories of individuals or separate units. The Center focuses on acquiring, interpreting, and transferring lessons learned, best practices, knowledge gaps, and unresolved issues in wildland fire.

Wildfire Mitigation Information & Other Resources for Wildland Homeowners

Colorado Forest Products - A consumer awareness/product branding program for marketing small-diameter wood products from forest restoration and fuels reduction efforts in Colorado forests.

The Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program - The Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program works to support and expand Colorado's forest-based business sectors by providing education, technical assistance, applied research, and advocacy through a team of highly specialized individuals. Their vision is to Increase the utilization of Colorado's wood and lower the cost of forest management.

FireWise Communities - The national FireWise Communities program is a multi-agency effort designed to reach beyond the fire service by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, and others in the effort to protect people, property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire - before a fire starts.

Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership - Colorado's Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership is an interagency program that reduces wildland fire risks through fuels treatments that are economically feasible, socially acceptable and ecologically sustainable.

National Database of State and Local Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Programs - A national database of state and local wildfire hazard mitigation programs that serves as a clearinghouse of information about nonfederal policies and programs that seek to reduce the risk of loss of life and property through the reduction of hazardous fuels on private lands. (See also the searchable grants database on this website)

Pacific Northwest Fire Prevention - Designed as a clearinghouse of information and resources for homeowners, visitors, fire prevention professionals, and volunteers - focusing on the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. The site is presented by the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association - The Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association (RMIIA) is a non-profit insurance communications organization. It represents property and casualty insurers in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. RMIIA has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Division of Emergency Management, Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership (FRFTP), and FRFTP Roundtable to provide homeowners information on protecting and insuring their properties against wildfires. Download the Wildfire and Insurance brochure.