Firewise Toolkit/SWOT

In the aftermath of the Table Rock Fire, your Firewise Team has been working to bring you the best information we can concerning how to best to add experience to the resources you already have. In addition we have forwarded a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats (SWOT) analysis of What Worked Well and areas of concern to the City and are looking for an After Action Review from the responding agencies to the fire.

The Firewise Toolkit has been updated and new components added to make it a better resource for you and your program’s residents. There’s now eight sections that includes the following: 

Healthy Hills Initiative
A great resource anytime, The Healthy Hills Initiative website is especially important as residents of the Warm Springs Mesa look to rehabilitation efforts after the Table Rock Fire. http://healthyhills.org/

The program started in 2009 as an answer to the Horseshoe Bend Rd. fire which consumed prime wildlife habitat land and brought together hundreds of agency personnel and volunteers to address the immediate and long range planning for restoration.  The Warm Springs Mesa Firewise team has attended meetings and workshops held over the years and highly recommends this website link to anyone interested in the subject.  The website also contains the HHI publication on Wildflowers of the Boise Front.

Warm Springs Mesa Development Information
In discussion with the developers of Warm Springs Mesa we were given the following information and documents. Development on the Warm Springs Mesa has been a phased approach which began in the 70s and will continue for several years to come. In 2003 the general plan was updated and approved by the Planning and Development Department of the City of Boise. Phase 6 infrastructure is complete and infrastructure for phase 7 is underway. Attached is a map of the Phase plans. Click for map

The complete entitlement document is housed on the City’s website under Planning and Zoning PDS Online under project number CUP00-00055.  Click here to link..

Table Rock Fire Video – Click on Picture to view video

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When protecting your home from wildfire you need to get your mind in the gutter

We often say how the small things matter BIG when it comes to protecting your home from wildfire. Gutters on your home certainly fall into this category. Gutters perform yeoman’s duty in getting water off of your roof and away from your foundation, certainly a very important function. But when wildfires happen, they become a hazard filled with dry dead leaves, pine needles and debris that give blowing embers a foothold for ignition to your home.

Keeping gutters clear of flammable debris is not only important, it’s not something you have to do once a year and then forget about. Maintenance of your home ignition zone is an ongoing process whether it is your gutters or other parts of your property. Research-center-ember-wildfire-testing_ibhs261

And that’s not the whole story. What your gutters are made of is equally important…..metal gutters, while more expensive and sometimes requiring additional maintenance tend to fair much better under fire conditions than vinyl, which can often melt and ignite carrying fire to other parts of the structure.

NFPA, USAA, the University of California and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, (IBHS), all have information and resources on a host of risk reduction measures, including gutters. IBHS has some specific information on building materials including gutters for fire resistance in their “Best Practices Guide for Wildfire”. The University of California’s “Homeowner’s Wildfire Mitigation Guide” is another great resource for gutter and building material information. NFPA’s Firewise website provides a list of principles for reducing wildfire risk for your home and USAA has information for its members in what they need to consider to protect their home.

The small things add up, but if you take them one at a time, utilize the science based practices from the sources above, you will be able to significantly reduce your risk. So go ahead, get your mind in the gutter.
Posted by Thomas Welle in Fire Break on Dec 13, 2015 11:11:00 PM
(photo credit: IBHS)

Citizens are moving farther into “natural” areas to take advantage of the privacy, natural beauty, recreational opportunities and affordable living. Developers are building neighborhoods to accommodate the influx. As a result, fire departments are fighting fires along the Wildland Urban Interface…Click here for more information….

Fire Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes
As homeowners continue to build in the wild and urban interface, they must take special precautions to protect their homes. One way to do this is to create a defensible space around the home, and one important factor can be using fire-resistant plants in landscaping… Read More 

Wildfire Awareness Firewise Landscaping Poster 1
Wildfire Awareness Firewise Landscaping Poster 2

Firewise Video Links
Here are two links for important videos as fire season is upon us:

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is replacing the Broadway Bridge over the Boise River. The current bridge is over 50 years old and needs to be rebuilt.  For status updates click here.

“If You See Something, Say Something”  

An alert public plays an important role in keeping our community and neighborhoods safe.  Simply put, be aware of your surroundings when in public and promptly report something that seems potentially suspicious.  Staying alert is not about becoming paranoid – it is being aware of one’s surroundings.
 What is potentially suspicious behavior?   For examples on spotting and reporting suspicious behavior or terrorist activity, click here to visit our police webpage
Stay safe and alert —
Carrie Demirelli
Boise Police Crime Prevention
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
333 N. Mark Stall Place
Boise, Id 83704
Phone # – (208) 570-6070
E-Mail – cdemirelli@cityofboise.org


Living With Wildlife
Steven Dempsey, Senior Wildlife Technician with Idaho Department of Fish & Game discussed living with wildlife at the Annual Meeting on April 22nd.  View powerpoint presentation here…. You can also view a “Living with Wildlife” brochure here.Steven Dempsey,Senior Wildlife Technician Boise River Wildlife Management Area Idaho Department of Fish and Game 13000 East Highway 21 Boise, ID 83716 (208) 334-2115 steven.dempsey@idfg.idaho.gov
Mesa Geology
Also speaking at the Annual Meeting was Pam Aishlin, Licensed Professional Geologist with Boise State presented on the geology of the Mesa, very interesting…view presentation here.….. Pam Aishlin, Licensed Professional Geologist Senior Research Associate Hydrologic Sciences, Dept. of Geoscience Boise State University, ERB 4159 208-426-2220 fax 208-426-4061ACHD Mesa Road Work Plan