News Release

New Wildland Fire Web Site Launched

Washington
July 18, 2001 -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior today announced the launching of a new interagency wildland fire web site. The new web site will serve as an information clearinghouse to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive interagency information and other related details on the National Fire Plan.

By clicking onto the web site, users can track a variety of important information and data, including Fire Plan projects that are being implemented in their state and local communities across the country. The data regarding wildland fire projects is especially useful as it explains the benefits of fire plan projects and how communities can play a critical role in efforts to help protect property and save lives.

The new site also provides useful information for homeowners in areas that are high risk for wildland fires. Site visitors can get first-hand information about ways to protect their homes and communities from wildland fire. In addition, the site lists information for fire contractors and related employment opportunities.

The National Fire Plan is an interagency plan designed to ensure sufficient firefighting resources for wildland fires; restore landscapes and rebuild communities damaged by wildland fire; reduce hazardous fuels in forests; work with local residents to reduce fire risk and improve fire protection; and ensure accountability.

The National Fire Plan web site supplements the National Interagency Fire Center's (NIFC) web site ( http://www.nifc.gov/ ). NIFC is the nation's coordinating center for wildland firefighting and its web site contains timely and accurate information on the status of wildland fires across the country.