Fire Prevention Education Team Mobilized

To increase awareness of fall forest fire season and the dangers of wildfires, the division, along with staff from the Daniel Boone National Forest has mobilized a fire prevention education team to educate citizens in high fire-prone areas. The team consists of two division employees and five U.S. Forest Service employees. The team also works with local Division of Forestry employees in each of the districts where they are working.

The first counties the team is targeting include; Clay, Leslie, Pulaski and Perry. Team members work with local media and local officials in getting the word out about wildfire prevention.

One topic the team is focusing on is wildland arson. They have produced a poster titled Arson is a Crime that will be posted in high visibility areas in each county. The team will work with local media to produce public service announcements (PSAs) and articles to be published in local newspapers. Some team members will go door to door to hand out educational material and to ask for citizen's cooperation with preventing wildfires and reporting arson activities. The team will participate in local events such as festivals and parades and will set up displays in local businesses.

The team will continue their educational efforts for up to 30 days.