Wildfire Hazard Resources

Firewise Your Home and Community

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To learn how to “Firewise” your home and community and how to establish a Firewise Council visit the National Firewise Web site or contact the Division’s Firewise Program Coordinator, Kessley Baker.

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Protecting Your Home

Do you live in or near a forest?  If you do, then you live in the wildland urban interface and your home has an increased risk of being destroyed by wildland fire.

There are many simple steps you can take to reduce the wildfire risk to your property.  Please refer to the following fact sheets for detailed information about Firewise practices that could save your home:

This assessment guide will help you determine if your home is Firewise:

Kentucky Division of Forestry’s Woodland Home Wildfire Hazard Assessment 

 


 

Protecting Your Community

Kentucky’s Firewise program is a unique opportunity available to Kentucky’s fire-prone communities.  The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments and residential associations of all types. 

Please refer to the following guides for information about defensible space, Firewise landscaping, vehicular access, controlling open burning, community action planning and much more:

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) enables a community to plan in advance for the possibility of a community threatening wildfire.  The CWPP helps to empower communities to organize, plan, educate and take action on wildfire issues that impact community safety.  

 

FEMA Announces New Wildfire Aid

July 2019

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds are now available to support wildfire recovery and implement mitigation projects absent a major disaster declaration. 

This new post fire program, titled HMGP Post Fire, is part of the agency’s implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018. Section 1204 of the DRRA amended Sections 404 and Section 420 of the Stafford Act, and allows FEMA to provide HMGP Post Fire assistance to any area that received a Fire Management Assistance grant (FMAG) declaration under Section 420 on or after October 5, 2018.  In recent fiscal years, HMGP funds were provided for these post-fire events on a temporary basis; the amended Section 404 (and 420) now permits permanent funding under HMGP.

FEMA encourages the mitigation of wildfire and related hazards, such as flood or erosion.  The amount of funding available to recipients will be determined by the type of hazard mitigation plan, i.e., standard or enhanced, approved for each state, territory, or tribe, and the number of FMAG declarations recipients receive during a fiscal year (Oct 1-Sept 30).  Project funding is prioritized based on project type and location.

Read more about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire Program.


Wildland Fire Resource Links

Link to a complete list of Forestry Publications

Other Resources

Daniel Boone National Forest – Fire Management

Fire Danger Class Map

Kentucky Interagency Coordination Center

Kentucky Prescribed Fire Council

National Fire Protection Association

National Interagency Fire Center 

National Weather Service Fire Weather

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Southern Wildfire Prevention

USDA Fire and Aviation

Wildland Fire Assessment System