Welcome to Wildfire Basics for Professionals: Educator series. This educator series consists of 5 training modules that are geared towards teachers interested in incorporating wildfire awareness and information into curriculum. Incorporating some of these techniques and ideas into curriculum can help students become more aware of wildfire danger, and how to mitigate wildfire risks.
This module will go into the basics of preventing ignitions. This is the foundation of preventing wildfires from starting in the first place.
This module introduces the different steps you can take to preparing your home, yard, and family for wildfires. With the increasingly common occurrence of wildfire in Hawaii, is it important for families to prepare the places that they have control over before a wildfire starts.
This module discusses community-level wildfire preparedness. There is a lot we have the ability to do with our communities before a wildfire occurs, and preparing as a community is the best way to ensure that a wildfire is less likely to spread throughout a neighborhood.
This module gives an overview of the KNOW Fire curriculum structure that will be presented in greater detail during module 5. It displays the meaning behind WHY it is important to teach wildfire concepts in a particular order, and which concepts are best to apply to different ability levels.
This module goes over each of the curriculum activities that we recommend teaching to students. The activities are meant to be fun, challenging, and educational methods to help students learn that they can be a part of mitigating wildfires in their community. This module displays some effective methods that can be used to teach students about the many dimensions of wildfire mitigation.
In 2015, HWMO’s Technical Advisory Committee, comprised of more than 35 fire and natural resource experts from across the state, discussed Hawaii’s lack of consolidated landscape-level information on vegetative fire fuels treatments.
To start to fill the gap, HWMO conducted a Rapid Mapping Assessment and facilitated Collaborative Action Planning on Vegetation Management in 2018-19 to:
Better understand all of the important hazard reduction already happening by diverse land managers;
Identify and prioritize actions that address the island-wide fire issue to optimize expenditures and efforts and maximize protection at the landscape-scale;
To kick-start collaboration, information sharing, and integrate fire-thinking into current activities to address the cross-boundary fire risk.
We thank State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, University of Hawaiʻi CTAHR Cooperative Extension, and Pacific Fire Exchange for their collaborative support on this project. Funding was provided by Hawaiʻi State Grant-in-Aid Program, 2016, and the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, under the terms of Grant No. 16-11052012-146 and No. 17-DG-11052012-143. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
We also thank the many mapping participants, workshop attendees, and survey respondents who made this all possible!
The preliminary results of the Rapid Mapping Assessment and Collaborative Action Planning can be found below.
**Full Report Coming Soon**
A short PSA with animated characters to educate people about the four key elements that dictate fire behavior universally.
Why a Hawaii Wildfire webapp?
As an organization that serves all who live, work, or visit the Hawaiian Islands and parts of the Western Pacific, we want to make wildfire-related information readily available at your fingertips. We hope this app will be useful for you to learn more about the wildfire hazards in your own area so that you will be better equipped to take action in your community.
What does the Hawaii Wildfire webapp do?
The Hawaii Wildfire webapp visualizes wildfire data across Hawaii. It has four types of data: fire history, community hazard assessments, community input information, and census data.
Knowledge is power!
We want to say a big thank you to Niklas Lollo and Evangeline McGlynn, PhD candidates at the University of California, Berkeley, for developing the app in conjunction with Data Sciences for the 21st Century. Their hard work and dedication to this app no doubt shows in the final result.
If you have any questions or feedback, you can e-mail HWMO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 885-0900.
Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii.
Help do your part by preventing wildfire and following these 14 easy action ideas to prepare your home, family, and community.