The Michigan Interagency Wildland Fire Protection Association
Human activity accounts for 95% of all wildfires in Michigan. This startling fact led to the formation of the Michigan Interagency Wildfire Prevention Group in 1981. It was the first such group in the nation promoting wildfire prevention and awareness that had 100 percent involvement of the state's fire agencies. Group members have made it their goal to educate Michigan's residents about wildfire safety and the dangers of wildfires, so it becomes an everyday part of their lives, both in and outside the home.
The interagency cooperation that began with this effort grew until in 1993 the Michigan Interagency Wildfire Prevention Group was expanded to form the Michigan Interagency Wildland Fire Protection Association. The MIWFPA promotes interagency cooperation in fire prevention (through the Michigan Interagency Wildfire Prevention Group), training, the fire technology, and operations.
The Michigan Interagency Wildfire Protection Association has as its members the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Forest Management Division; USDA Forest Service - Huron-Manistee, Hiawatha, and Ottawa National Forests; USDI National Park Service - Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores; USDI Fish & Wildlife Service - Seney National Wildlife Refuge; USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs; Michigan State Police - Fire Marshal Division; Michigan State Firemen's Association; and Michigan Fire Chief's Association.