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NFPA's TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities

Created as part of NFPA's TakeAction: Teens for Wildfire Safe Communities ,  each of these videos comes with a lesson plan.  In each video, classes will learn about a major US fire and learn from experts how the people and land recovered over time.  The materials aim to teach students about the short- and long-term impact of wildfires; introduce key terms and concepts; and empower students to get involved in protecting their homes, neighborhoods, and natural resources and to participate in awareness-raising community projects.  These lessons are designed for students in grades 6-8 who live in or near areas at risk for wildfire, and the materials align with Common Core standards for Language Arts.

Okanogan County, WA – One Year After a Wildfire

Homeowner Peggy Kelly shares her experience of a wildfire in Okanogan County, Washington, and how she and her husband protected their home.

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Bastrop, Texas – Five Years After a Wildfire

Kari Hines, Wildland Urban Interface Specialist with the Texas A&M Forest Service talks about wildfire’s impact on natural ecosystems five years after a major fire in Bastrop, Texas. She explains how low-intensity fires are important for forest health, and provides steps you can take to mitigate wildfire damage to your home.

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Southern California – Ten Years After a Wildfire

A firefighter and a land manager talk about the impacts of the Cedar Fire in San Diego. Kendall Bortisser, a fire captain with CAL FIRE, and Glenn Barley, a Region Resource Manager for CAL FIRE in San Bernardino County, discuss how important it is for homeowners to prepare their homes from a wildfire, and how a high intensity wildfire event can impact water supply throughout a whole watershed.

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