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However remote the risk, it pays to be prepared

Our heaths, woodlands and open spaces are wonderful places and living next to them is a privilege. However, wildfires are occurring now in the UK.


So what can we do about the emerging threat of wildfires to our communities?

Firewise Communities is an international programme based on research by the world’s leading fire experts on ignition of homes from wildfire. The programme encourages communites to work together to reduce the risk to homes from wildfire by taking practical steps in the area around the home and garden.

Some of the benefits of being a Firewise Community are:

  • Makes your own home and neighbours more resilient to wildfire

  • Helps to build community resilience and good citizenship

  • Communities are proactive in reducing their risk from wildfires

  • Communities learn more about wildfire

  • Gives the community a plan to work to

  • Creates opportunities to connect with Firewise Communities in other areas and countries.

If you think your community would benefit from being part of this international programme, or to find out more information, please contact the Urban Heaths Partnership on: 01202 642787.

Webinar for the Avon Heath and St Leonards communities of Dorset


On 25 May 2021 we hosted a Firewise UK webinar specifically for the residents of these areas, following the significant wildfires that occurred there recently.

If you weren't able to attend, but would like to view the recording, please email

In case you missed our first Firewise UK webinar in April: Wildfire - A rising threat in the UK, you can view the recording here.


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If you have any further questions arising from the webinar or would just like to know more, please email us at: