Improving fire outcomes for communities requires local organizing and action. The Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Pathways Tool helps communities identify a set of strategies which are tailored to their strengths and needs, and based on practices which have been successful in communities similar to theirs.
The tool combines insights and experiences from community-based wildfire resilience practitioners and researchers who have been studying the factors that influence community adaptation for more than 20 years.
Completing the steps outlined in this tool will result in:
- a community description;
- an initial community archetype which can help guide selection of adaptation practices;
- a selection and analysis of practices that are likely to be successful in your community, including considerations, examples and resources; and,
- an action guide to help you put the practices into action.
The goal of the tool is to help organize and facilitate adaptive choices by local people who know their communities, not to prescribe “answers” about the best or only ways to adapt. The tool provides multiple options that partners can collaboratively consider when building their own fire adaptation pathways. This includes suggestions of actions that existing research or practice indicate may be effective in various community “archetypes” and opportunities to catalogue unique local contexts and match them with a broader selection of practices.
The FAC Pathways Tool can be used to engage community members, fellow practitioners, agency staff, or local decision makers and politicians in fire adaptation. The Tool provides a set of considerations that help people collectively reason through the actions that are most likely to be effective in site-specific local conditions.