The Wildfire Mitigation Awards committee has named the seven recipients of this year's Wildfire Mitigation Awards. These individuals and organizations have earned the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire mitigation for their outstanding dedication to solving many of the most complex challenges posed by wildfire. Established in 2014 and co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the USDA Forest Service (USFS), these awards help to demonstrate the tremendous societal value wildfire mitigation efforts provide. critically important work The winners of the 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Awards are: Byron Bonney (Bitter Root Resource Conservation and Development Area) (Hamilton, Montana) City of Pigeon Forge (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (Flagstaff, Arizona) Pat Dwyer (Logtown Fire Safe Council and El Dorado County Fire Safe Council) (Logtown, California) Paulette Church (Durango, Colorado) Rocky Infanger (Tri-County FireSafe Working Group/Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department) (Helena, Montana) Sunset View Estates (Bend, Oregon) "State forestry agencies know firsthand that it's always wildfire season somewhere in the United States," said Lisa Allen, NASF President and Missouri state forester."The 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees know this too. Year-round, they contribute to wildfire mitigation efforts that ensure the safety of thousands of communities nationwide. We congratulate them for receiving this honor and thank them for their dedication to this critically important work." wildland fire risk reduction "Wildland fire is more destructive, costly and deadly than ever before," said Chief Dan Eggleston, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "I'm proud to congratulate this year's National Wildfire Mitigation Award winners for their outstanding leadership and contributions to wildland fire risk reduction in their communities." "The Wildfire Mitigation Awards honor exemplary achievements and demonstrate the possibilities of what can be accomplished. The National Fire Protection Association is proud to be a part of recognizing these outstanding recipients," said Michele Steinberg, Director of NFPA’s Wildfire Division.