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May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Idaho

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Posted at 10:29 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 12:29:27-04

Governor Brad Little designated May as Wildfire Awareness Month and asks everyone to be extra vigilant this fire season. Preventable wildfires threaten lives, property and resources every year.

Firefighters and emergency responders are needed to keep Idahoans safe, and officials are asking you to do your part to prevent human-caused wildfires.

“It takes a team approach to battle wildfires and we need everyone to be a part of this team,” said John Ruhs, BLM Idaho State Director. “It is vital that we work together to help lessen the exposure for our firefighters and first responders this fire season.” The wildland fire agencies are using unique measures to ensure all wildland firefighters are trained, qualified and prepared for fire activity considering our current situation.

“Don’t Let Your Summer Go Up in Smoke” is the new motto for the Idaho Fire Prevention and Education campaign that was created with the support from Idaho Firewise, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe and the Bureau of Land Management. Wildfires impact treasured places and things in Idaho, some of which are symbols for our state, including the Whitebark Pine, the Cutthroat Trout, the Syringa flower and the Mountain Bluebird.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has made May 2 the National Wildfire Community Preparedness day. The NFPA has posted guidance on ways you can clean up around your home.

For more information about wildland fire prevention and community preparedness, click here.