What is the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network?


The FAC Learning Network is a national network of partners working to promote wildfire risk assessment, risk reduction, and wildfire safety. It seeks to reduce wildfire risks for individuals and communities by providing education, access to information and expertise. The Network encourages communities to become fire adapted in order to reduce wildfire risks and protect valuable assets.


What is a Fire Adapted Community?


Fire Adapted Communities are ones that take responsibility for ensuring the protection of their residents, infrastructure, natural areas and assets from wildfire risk. To become fire adapted, communities take actions to address wildfire threats specific to their location and risk conditions. These actions are implemented using tools created by federal and state agencies. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.


At a minimum, community's fire adapted plans should address the following three plans and programs:


  1. A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP): A CWPP is a plan that maps community assets at risk of wildfire threats and lists risk reduction actions that may be taken. Creation of CWPPs is a collaborative process involving various parties such as fire departments, residents, state and local forestry staff, land managers and community leaders.  
  2. Firewise Communities/USA: This program focuses on homeowners and the steps they can take to reduce wildfire threats on their property and surrounding neighborhood.  
  3. Ready, Set, GO!: This program focuses on education of fire departments and their role in educating the public for wildfire preparation.



How is Dovetail involved in the FAC Learning Network?


Dovetail Partners serves as the FAC Hub Coordinator for the Upper Midwest and is involved in assisting with community-driven wildfire risk reduction efforts in the region. Dovetail is involved with data compilation, analysis of existing programs and partnerships, and working with partners to develop future strategies for program implementation and partnership growth. On-the-ground FAC efforts to date have included hosting community FAC and Firewise workshops, Demo Days, and Chipper Days in Ely, MN; presentations at Ely township meetings, road/lake association meetings/picnics, and volunteer fire department meetings; and providing residents with relevant information at public events such as the Ely Farmers Market.  The following video tells more about our work in Ely, MN.


This video was created with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation.
© Dawson Media Group, L.L.C., 2013 - 2017



FAC Resources


Prepare for Wildfire: The Hwy 1 Fire Wake-up Call 


This video addresses community preparedness in the face of the recent Highway 1 wildfire in Ely, Minnesota. It gives residents the tools they need to prepare for this kind of event should it happen again in the future. 




Living With Fire: Why and How? 


This video provides information and useful tools for residents who live in a fire prone environment to reduce their risk of property loss. 



The videos were made possible with support provided by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together - a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a sub-award to the Watershed Research and Training Center.  The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. Additional support was provided by the MN DNR Firewise program, which is funded by Title III funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act. Additional support by the St. Louis County funded by the Title III funds of the Secure Rural Schools Act.  Special thanks to Vermilion Community College, Morse Fall Lake Fire Department, Ely Fire Department, Eagle's Nest Fire Department, Forest Stewards Guild, and the Dorothy Molter Museum.



Firewise Landscaping in Northeastern Minnesota:

A Guide to Protecting Your Home or Business from Wildfire Using Resistant Landscaping and Plants

(Full length brochure - 9  pgs)


(2 page brochure)



2017 Living with Fire, Workshop July 8th in Ely, MN


2016 Learning Networks Field Guide


FAC Learning Network Field Guide - Dovetail Partners


FAC Network Quick Guides


Guide to Fire Adapted Communities PDF

FAC Learning Network Pamphlet

"What Does a Fire Adapted Community Look Like?" Infographic





This project is supported by Promoting Ecosystem Resilience and Fire Adapted Communities Together, a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a subaward to the Watershed Research and Training Center. 


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