Wildfire Mitigation

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Since Boise's fatal Oregon Trail fire in 2008, the Boise Fire Department has taken many steps to mitigate similar fires:

Staffing Efforts

  • Dedicated Wildfire Mitigation Specialist on staff with the Fire Department.
  • Dedicated Restoration Specialist on staff with the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Dedicated, interdepartmental City of Boise Wildfire Mitigation Team (WMT).


  • Specific geographical areas designated as wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas.
  • New building and fire prevention codes specific to the WUI.
  • Over $1 million in grant funding for various fuel treatments, restoration work and outreach.
  • Created a Citizen Fuel Reduction Policy for homeowners that abut city-managed open space.


  • Created a Southwest Idaho Wildfire Mitigation Forum (stakeholder workshop).
  • Started an Ada Fire Adapted Communities (ADAFAC) Working Group.
  • Helped create a Fire Department Exchange (FDX) to learn/share with other national departments.
  • Finalized an Ada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
  • Seven (7) total Firewise Communities in Ada County.
  • Multi-agency wildfire mitigation MOU with BLM, IDF&G, Ada County and the City of Eagle.
  • Core member of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FAC Net).
  • Collaboratively created an updated Ada County Wildfire Riskmap and incorporated the finding into a GIS based Ada Situational Awareness Tool (ASAT).

Outreach Efforts

  • Created www.adafireadapted.org, a site dedicated to wildfire awareness and fire adaptation.
  • Created a Twitter feed @wildfireready to provide information to homeowners and stakeholders.
  • Hosted Era of Megafires event in 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre.
  • Numerous HOA and Neighborhood Association presentations.
  • City of Boise Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant funding for Firewise projects.


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