Wildfire Information Network Community of Practice

Photo source: Ben Hammack. Image features a fire-fighting helicopter over a house, with a Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) pickup truck in front of house.

For most people living in wildfire prone areas of the United States, it is only a question of when, and not if, a wildfire will threaten your home. The eXtension Wildfire Information Network, eWIN, Community of Practice (CoP) provides a means to develop and deliver the most current science- and experience-based information on wildfire issues to homeowners, other extension educators, and groups that incorporate wildfire as part of their education and outreach programs.

Our goal is to teach the homeowner how to live more safely in wildfire prone areas and provide current information to extension educators for use in their outreach programs. Specific goals include assembling, summarizing, developing and delivering educational materials related to:

  • Pre-fire actions that reduce the wildfire threat to homes and other property.
  • Homeowner actions when the wildfire threat is imminent, including information on evacuation and staying to defend your home.
  • Post-fire actions pertinent to homeowners and their property.
  • Social science aspects of implementing plans to reduce the wildfire threat to your home.

Who we are

This information has been developed by cooperative extension educators and reviewed by cooperative extension educators, land-grant university faculty, government researchers and other technical and fire-fighting professionals in relevant discipline areas, including vegetation management, the fire resistance of building materials, extension education and social sciences.

eWIN Community Fact Sheet (PDF)


Visit this list of  Wildfire Information Leaders, who developed this virtual community.

For information about the eWIN Community of Practice please contact
Jan Gonzales, University of California Cooperative Extension jggonzales@ucdavis.edu.