As part of America’s PrepareAthon!, USDA will host a wildfire themed twitter chat in anticipation of another severe wildfire season in 2014. Drought conditions in the west, especially in California, combine with other factors to portend a dangerous fire season that now could start at any time.
Joining the U.S. Forest Service, officials from CAL FIRE and FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration will answer questions about what federal and state partners are doing to protect communities as well as provide information on how to lessen local impacts when fire strikes.
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. As part of this national campaign, wildfire experts will address such questions as:
WHO: U.S. Forest Service Fire Chief Tom Harbour, CAL FIRE Chief Ken Pimlott and U.S. Fire Administration Fire Program Specialist Teresa Neal, will host a live Twitter chat to answer questions about how to protect communities and lessen local impacts when fire strikes.
WHERE: Tune in online by following @forestservice and #PrepareAthon
WHEN: 11 a.m., EDT, 8 a.m., PT Friday, April 25