In recent years, the scientific study of residential fire prevention has made impressive progress. Researchers have analyzed brushfires in rural areas and developed modern safety guidelines for property owners. At the forefront of this effort is the National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Program, a consortium of concerned government, private and nonprofit organizations including FEMA, the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Together they have developed workshops, seminars and outreach programs to build awareness of both the risks and prevention of loss due to wildfires. Their informative Web site is located at www.firewise.org. One of the educational media developed by this national program is a video presentation entitled Becoming a Firewise Community. The 16-minute film presents steps property owners can and should take to protect residential neighborhoods from an out-of-control wildfire. This video will be shown Monday, June 20, at the Bear Creek Fire Station together with a 19-minute film entitled Wildfire! Preventing Home Ignitions. The evening program is hosted by the Southwest Riverside County Fire Safe Council and presented by Bear Creek Fire Captain Todd Williams. He will introduce the new videos and then answer questions on how this information may be applied specifically to properties here in Riverside County. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Copies of the videos will be available at a token price of $3 each. To learn more call John Stickler at (951) 461-9598.