May is Wildfire Awareness Month

May is Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness Month in Colorado with opportunities to engage our local communities. We hope many of you are participating in Wildfire Community Preparedness Day this Saturday, May 7th.

Here are some ideas to inspire for May messaging in your community:

The Predictive Services, National Interagency Fire Center has mapped Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlookfor most of Colorado this May through August 2022, adding urgency to the need for individuals and communities to prepare their homes and properties for potential wildfire, as well making sure they are registered for emergency alerts and prepared to evacuate, (people and pets) on short notice if needed.  

As wildfire adaptation professionals with boots on the ground, please include a preparedness message or messages, in your toolbox this May. Share your success stories with FACO membership and with your communities. Inspire preparedness and mitigation by enlightening, not frightening targeted audiences in your communities. Visit the FACO Resource Page and like, share and amplify Wildfire Awareness and Preparedness efforts this month. 



2022 FACO Membership Renewal Forms will be emailed out in early May.

This will be a Quick & Easy request to the primary points of contact for member organizations, who will be asked to review and update contact information for each representative FACO member, as well as your directory listing on the FACO Website. If you do not receive a renewal form or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to


Fire Adapted Colorado hosted a webinar on CWPP Updates for Colorado, which also included a presentation on the CoNIFER Project insights. For the complete event follow-up, including the video and slides from both presentations, visit FACO's CWPP Updates for Colorado newsletter.  Here are the new protocols: Updated CWPP Minimum Standards and you may watch the recording below.

CWPP Updates for Colorado and CoNIFER Project (FACO webinar 04.19.2022)

CO Wildfire Legislation Updates - See this Legislative Updates Tracker, courtesy of Western Resource Advocates' Senior Policy Analyst Rachael Hamby.

Colorado’s 2022 Wildfire Outlook Press conference
2022 Facebook Live video link April 22


May 1, through May 31, Wildfire Awareness Month.
Public Awareness and Education activities are happening through the month of May, with our partner organizations. 

May 4, 10:00 - 11:30 MT, Virtual
Colorado Wildland Fire Conference April 2023 Planning Call: If you are interested in helping plan the conference to be held in the northern front range, please contact us. Planning teams calls will typically be held monthly, on the first Tuesday, until Apr 5, 2023.

May 5, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Virtual
Too Much, Too Little or Just Right? Join the Rocky Mountain Research Station and the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes for an upcoming land manager-focused  LIGHTNING TALK webinar dedicated to forest regeneration and reforestation in western fire-adapted forests

May 7, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Success story in Colorado - In June 2018 the Firewise USA® site Falls Creek in Durango, Colorado was put to the test. The 416 Wildfire threatened the community, but because of the work residents had done to prepare their homes, firefighters were able to protect homes within the community. Hear their story through the perspective of both residents and firefighters.  Firewise USA® success (

Fire Adapted Colorado would like to hear about about what your communities are doing to prepare for wildfire, drop us  your success story.

May 25, 9:00 – 11:00am MT, Virtual
An Infrastructure Law Overview for Wildfire Collaborative Groups

Register Here. FACO is working with the Center for Collaborative Conservation, Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, and JW Associates to bring you a slate of leading state, regional and national experts on landscape scale wildfire programs that expect an infusion of funding through the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act.


Colorado State Forest Service has two Wildfire Mitigation Program Specialists openings based in Fort Collins, with the potential for flexible work arrangements, including remote work within the State of Colorado.  There is also a Forestry Program Specialist opening, responsible for the oversight and administration of assigned forestry grant programs including the FRWRM grant program, Landscape Scale Restoration Grant program, and Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities fuels mitigation grant program. Applications must be received by 5/9/22.

Forest Stewards Guild has an opening in Sante Fe, NM for both a Southwest Fire and Fuels Project Manager and a Southwest Region Project Coordinator.

The Ember Alliance is hiring four positions; Resilient Communities and Forests Program Director, Planning Operations Specialist, Planning Assistant Fire Management Officer, and Fundraising Development Intern. Access them from the join our team page of the TEA website. 

Western Resource Advocates is seeking a bright and curious individual to join them as a Western Lands Policy Fellow. This position will primarily support the Western Lands Program’s efforts to improve community wildfire resilience in Colorado and Montana

Wildfire Adapted Partnership has two part-time (FTE 0.75) openings for an Administrative Coordinator, position in Durango, CO as well as a County Coordinator, position for Montezuma County.


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