New online wildfire risk assessment tool now available to public

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The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal – SouthWRAP – Provides the Public with Tools to Identify Wildfire Risk at Home

Tallahassee, FL –Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today unveiled an exciting new online tool designed to provide user-friendly public access to detailed wildfire risk information for cities, communities and homeowners.

This interactive tool, known as the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal – or SouthWRAP – was developed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service and the Southern Group of State Foresters. It is the first of its kind in the nation.

“SouthWRAP allows citizens, community leaders, fire professionals and decision-makers to work hand-in-hand to reduce wildfire risk,” said Commissioner Putnam. “We encourage all Floridians to visit the website, learn about their risk and take action to protect their families and homes from the threat of wildfire.”

SouthWRAP allows users to pinpoint a specific location and identify wildfire threats based on landscape characteristics, historical fire occurrence, weather conditions and terrain. The site also routes users to resources that can help them tackle identified threats and reduce wildfire risk.

“This is an easy-to-use tool that puts sophisticated mapping and fire risk analysis technology at the fingertips of our citizens,” said Jim Karels, State Forester. “SouthWRAP is as simple to use as any common online map service, with most users becoming proficient within minutes.”

The SouthWRAP Public Viewer is currently open and available to the general public at www.SouthernWildfireRisk.com<http://www.SouthernWildfireRisk.com>. The Professional Viewer, designed to support the community wildfire protection planning needs of government officials, hazard mitigation planners and wildfire professionals, will accept user applications starting July 7.

The Florida Forest Service manages more than 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire. For more information about the Florida Forest Service, go to www.FloridaForestService.com<http://www.FloridaForestService.com>.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com<http://www.FreshFromFlorida.com>.

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