National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Communication Education and Prevention Committee

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Mission Statement

The Communication, Education, and Prevention Committee (CEPC) provides national leadership, support, and coordination in all areas of wildland fire education and prevention. The CEPC promotes public understanding of wildland fire through communication, education, prevention and outreach.

Primary Objectives

Prevention Team assignment for the eclipse in Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky

  • Develop and/or promote education programs and tools that provide information about wildland fire ecology, management, protection and prevention.
  • Work with stakeholders to identify opportunities for improvement in all areas of wildland fire communication, education, and prevention.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in communication, education, and prevention for projects, standards, guidelines, qualifications, certification, and training.
  • Contribute to the standardization of information technology systems (such as FireNet, IROC, etc.) to collect and distribute data, processes, forms, and other operational elements.

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Wildland Fire Prevention and Mitigation

More and more, people in the wildland/urban interface zone are feeling the effects of wildland fire. Every year families are evacuated and structures are destroyed as the result of wildland fires in this zone. There are tools that can assist professionals and homeowners in mitigating the risk of damage from a wildland fire, however. Below are just a few of the available resources that can help make the interface zone more survivable.

Wildfire Prevention Analysis and Planning

This is an overview presentation of a prevention analysis planning process. This process analyzes RISKS, HAZARDS and VALUES; outlines an operational plan for the protection of resources from wildfire; and develops wildfire prevention program implementation costs.

Additional Information:

Guidance Documents

Fire Prevention Education Team Digital Library

This Fire Prevention Education Team (FPET) Digital Library is a database of wildland fire prevention and education materials that have been developed by FPETs and wildland fire prevention professionals. Each item has been reviewed for appropriate content and is approved for use. The files that are in a searchable database are available for use by anyone. The database includes different types of file formats depending on the use and presentation of the final product, e.g. slide show; printable item or sign; other handout; etc.

CEPC Research

Wildfire Prevention Spatial Assessment and Planning Strategies (WPSAPS)

How many wildfires did you prevent? This is the most difficult question in wildfire prevention. It’s very difficult to measure something that doesn’t happen. Nationally, the goal is to utilize a system where we can document and demonstrate success in reducing the extensive number of unwanted human-caused wildfires, saving lives and protecting communities.

Wildfire Prevention Spatial Assessment and Planning Strategies, or WPSAPS, is a web-based application designed to make wildfire prevention program risk assessment, planning, and accomplishment reporting more efficient and effective. It provides users with a research-informed set of prevention actions based on a geospatial assessment of the risks, hazards, and values to be protected in their management unit. For user training information, contact your agency wildfire prevention lead.

The outputs from WPSAPS provide a foundation for a well-organized, intentional, prevention program. WPSAPS was developed specifically for the wildfire prevention community by an interagency workgroup composed of wildfire prevention personnel. This video provides an overview of the use and capabilities of the software.

Video Title: Wildfire Prevention Spatial Assessment and Planning Strategies (WPSAPS)


Upcoming WPSAPS Training

National Fire Prevention Education Teams

Video Title: An Ounce of Prevention



National Wildfire Prevention Strategy December 2021 (USDA Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management)

Amended and Approved Messaging and Tag Lines for Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation

Education Materials On Line (USFS) - The National Symbols Cache is an official service of the USDA Forest Service

Wildland Fire Classroom (NPS)

National Association of State Foresters



Carrie Bilbao
NWCG Coordinator: 
Sarah Lee
Parent Committee: 
Meeting Schedule: 
Monthly on the second Thursday
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