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Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
TH01 − Applying Behavior Change Theory in the Backyard and Beyond (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenter: Karen Berard-Reed, NFPA
Learn how to improve wildland fire prevention activities by incorporating behavior change principles. This engaging session will cover important theories such as the Health Belief Model and discuss how theory-based programs help community members adjust attitudes to support safe behaviors. The presenter will unpack the content in user-friendly terminology and provide real-world examples of strategies to illustrate the theories in action. Participants will work through examples to incorporate research-informed approaches and will leave the session with the ability to enhance community prevention programs.
TH06 – After the Wildfire: Wildland/Urban Interface Lessons Learned (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenters: Amy L. Sylvester and Jeremy Taylor, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado
In June 2012, the Waldo Canyon Fire burned more than 18,000 acres and destroyed 347 homes. It is the most costly fire in Colorado history to date, with estimated insured losses of $454 million. While much attention has been paid to the immediate impacts of the fire, the community is still addressing recovery more than two years later. This session will examine the strategies employed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department to address post-W/UI-fire community needs including: damage assessment, business impact/continuity, modifications to fire code requirements and increased demand for mitigation and prevention services.
TH07 – Heroes in the Woods-Hiring Veterans for Wildfire Mitigation (PDF, 24 MB)
Presenters: Tim Weaver, Lieutenant, Rapid City Fire Department, South Dakota; Jerry Derr, Firewise Coordinator, Meade County, South Dakota
Rapid City and Meade County, South Dakota developed a grant funded program that both provides a living wage and training for veterans returning from active duty in areas of fire fighting, emergency preparedness, forestry or their desired area of interest. Communities accomplish goals of reducing hazardous fuels, and are made safer from wildfire through the efforts of these veterans while they transition to civilian life. Graduates of the program go on to full time employment in their desired field knowing they have reestablished fire adapted ecosystems in their community.
TH08 – Grant Writing and More, Finding Funds for Your Project (PDF, 261 KB)
Presenter: George Baker, CPC, ELI-MP, Fire and Ice Coaching, Former Fire Chief, Mashpee, MA
This program will review current grant opportunities, alternative funding and creative financing for wildfire prevention, mitigation and response. A section of this session will review submitting unsolicited funding requests.
TH12 – Using Social Media to Spread Wildfire Safety Awareness (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenter: Lauren Backstrom, NFPA
Learn how to utilize social media to enhance awareness and participation for wildfire safety initiatives. It will detail strategies, tips, success stories and more about some of the latest trends in social media.
TH13 – Texas and Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Exchange
Presenters: Jerry McAdams, Boise Fire Department, Idaho; Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department, Texas
As part of the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network (FACLN), the Boise Fire Department and the Austin Fire Department conducted an exchange in early 2015. Each agency sent staff to visit the other locale to learn wildfire mitigation strategies and share best practices. The Wildland Fire Division of the Austin Fire Department takes a proactive approach to community outreach activities and urban forestry work to reduce the risk of wildfire. The City of Boise Wildfire Mitigation Team has been working closely with local partners to conduct landscape-scale fuel treatments. This presentation will discuss what was learned during this exchange and share this information with others.
F01 – What to do When a Project Fire Burns through a Community That's Becoming 'Fire Adapted' (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenter: Jolene Ackerman, Wisconsin DNR - Division of Forestry
Spring fire season was mild in Wisconsin in 2013. By mid-May, we were nearing green-up when wildfire’s favorite weather conditions – a warm, dry, windy day – and a spark from a logging operation met to result in the largest wildfire to burn in Wisconsin in 33 years. The 7,500-acre Germann Road Fire burned through two townships in northwest Wisconsin. The ink had just dried on their Community Wildfire Protection Plan and a few hazard mitigation projects had been completed when the fire happened. This session will describe how Firewise recommendations stack up to the results of a post-fire property assessment project and how homeowner interviews and media contacts became assets in getting Firewise preparedness messages out to others.
F02 − Collaboration Creates Successful Firewise® Communities (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenters: Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department, TX; Terri Jenkins, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, GA; Mike Davis, Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA; Eric Mosley, Spalding County, GA; Frank M. Riley, Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, GA
Collaboration is “Working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals”. Collaboration, when developing Firewise® and Fire Adapted Communities®, is key to development and sustained growth. Initial development of a FAC is easy, but making it take root and grow requires collaboration by a variety of people who bring a diversity of skills, contacts, and resources to the table. Our Collaboration panel consists of Firewise and FAC hub leaders who will share what worked and what did not for them and their plans for “growing” the Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities.
F06 – Growing Firewise® Communities from Awareness to Action (PDF, 8 MB)
Presenters: Dr. Sushama Karmarkar, Parkland at Legends Firewise Community, SC; Steve Moore and Drake Carroll, South Carolina Forestry Commission
Creating awareness of wildfire danger; developing community action plans; motivating and organizing homeowners and community leaders are all necessary steps to conduct Firewise activities in a diverse active senior golf community located in the coastal South Carolina Wildland/Urban Interface (W/UI) with very volatile local bay fuels. Parkland at Legends has partnered with the SC Forestry Commission and Horry County Fire Rescue for a risk assessment and Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). This has been used create an action plan to educate homeowners and mitigate wildfire risks.
F08 – Beyond the Emergency Assembly Point: Preparedness for Children’s Services (PDF 19 MB)
Presenter: Jessie Huard, Australian Red Cross Recovery Coordinator, NSW and ACT
Young children are mentally and physically vulnerable during disasters. Although in NSW (Australia) childrens services are required to have and practice written emergency plans and procedures, these plans are not designed to deal with the complex challenges their services face during an event resulting from having responsibility for a large number of children. These challenges were presented during the October 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires. The Red Cross was approached to organize a workshop to increase the preparedness of services for future events. Learn about the workshop’s successful collaborative effort between a range of key partners including local government, children’s services, the community sector and emergency services (particularly the Rural Fire Services).
F12 – Wildfire Advocacy - How to Reach out to your Representative (PDF, 606 KB)
Presenter: Cathleen E. DeLoach, Government Affairs, NFPA
This presentation will focus on how to reach out, educate and ask your government representatives (federal, state and local) for assistance in preventing and combating wildfires. With the knowledge learned in this presentation, attendees will learn how to make appointments, meet representatives and plead their case for effective wildfire education.
F13 – Capitol Area Firewise Community Alliance (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Josh Anderson and Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department, Texas
The City of Austin and Travis County respectively lead the state in the number of Firewise Communities USA. The Capitol Area Firewise Alliance is an effort to bring the 23 existing communities together to facilitate a learning network amongst existing and prospective FWC USA. Participation in the alliance has facilitated a stronger grass roots component to our larger network of fire adapted communities. The Firewise Alliance helped design and plan our May 3rd Wildfire Symposium and recent Wildfire Hazard Assessment Training (WHAT). The alliance has agreed to serve as the pilot communities for evacuation and incident preplanning in addition to many other initiatives.
F14 −Tailoring the Firewise® Concepts to Your Community (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenters: Paul Ohlenbusch and Daniel B. Dodson, Sun City, Texas
Communities across the country have differing environments in which they exist. A review of the community and surroundings can identify specific needs. Selecting those Firewise components and implementing them can result in a program that the community understands.
F18 – FEMA Wildfire Mitigation Grant Funding – Implementing the Cohesive Strategy (PDF, 1 MB)
Presenters: Patricia Blankenship, U.S. Fire Administration; Kurt Latipow, Fire Chief, Lompoc Fire Department, California; Robert McCord, DHS/FEMA Region IX; Maggie Wilson, DHS/FEMA
In relation to FEMA’s role in supporting the implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, panel members will discuss and compare requirements and priorities related to eligible wildfire mitigation activities under FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program – Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant. Panelists will also share case studies illustrating successful grant activities awarded under these grants; and explore examples of potential activities that could be funded through these grant programs.
SA01 – Best Practices for Maintaining & Growing a Fire Adapted Community Program (PDF, 54 MB)
Presenters: Melody Walters and Pam Wilson, Firewise of Southwest Colorado; Ed Keith, Project Wildfire, Deschutes County, Oregon
Whether your role in creating a fire adapted community occurs at the subdivision level or the broader community level, there are a variety of actions that help engage residents in the wildfire preparedness quest. Firewise of Southwest Colorado will showcase a Best Practices Directory that focuses on actions specific to community education and outreach, prevention, planning, risk reduction, and emergency response developed to help their Firewise Ambassadors learn from one another. Deschutes County will discuss how several of their communities changed their Covenants, Codes & Restrictions (CC&R) and the resulting impact on those communities. Also highlighted will be best practices undertaken by several Colorado Wildfire Councils to help keep their programs thriving and encouraging residents to strive towards creating fire adapted communities.
SA02 – Firewise in the Frontier: The Five Seasons (PDF, 35 MB)
Presenter: Irene Jerome, Jerome Natural Resource Consultants
This presentation covers the challenges, successes, and opportunities experienced in creating Firewise Communities in a frontier county with a disaggregated population. Families whose ancestors homesteaded the area combined with an influx of previously urban residents has created a diverse culturewhich includes an aging population and absentee landowners. Located in eastern Oregon, Grant County is 4,529 square miles and has a population of about 7,300 people. This session shares the lessons learned in bringing individuals and neighbors together in a county with limited resources where independence is prized and self-reliance is the creed.
SA06 – Fire Adapted Communities® for the Fire Service (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenters: Shawn Stokes, IAFC; Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department, Texas
With the increasing focus on making communities fire adapted, the local fire department has a key role in education and implementation of Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) concepts in their community. This session will provide ideas and resources for the fire department and community members to work together on implementing FAC and will provide best practice examples from departments around the United States.
SA07 – Firewise® Lessons from the Largest Wildfire in Washington State’s History (PDF, 17 MB)
Presenters: Kirsten Cook, Okanogan Conservation District, WA; Guy Gifford, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Carlton Complex burned 256,108 acres and destroyed 350 homes. Four lightning starts merged and grew from 18,000 acres to 167,000 acres in one day. Okanogan County’s first recognized Firewise Community, the Chiliwist, was severely affected. While Washington State is a leader in Firewise communities (113), Okanogan County had no Firewise Communities until 2013, even with a history of large fires. Session will cover forming Firewise communities in challenging areas, effectiveness of Firewise techniques within the fire perimeter, and lessons being applied to local Firewise programs in the wake of the Carlton Complex.
SA13 – How South Carolina Communities make Firewise® Successful (PDF, 6 MB)
Presenters: Steve Moore, South Carolina Forestry Commission; Lucian Deaton, NFPA
Wildfire may be considered a western issue by some, but the southeast shares both the threat of wildfire and communities making a difference. This panel discussion will share lessons learned from specific Firewise Communities in South Carolina and best practices for the future from South Carolina Forestry staff on community development and local support.
SA14 – The ABC’s of Developing a Firewise® Community (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenters: Gary Marshall, Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire District
This session will broaden the students’ skill set to collaborate with the local planning authority, contractor and realtors before a new subdivision is designed and developed by using nationally recognized low wildfire risk standards for new communities in the Wildland/Urban Interface. Implementing Firewise disciplines to the Covenants, Codes and Restrictions and follow up with a scheduled maintenance to maintain their recognized Firewise Community.
Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations
TH05 – Rural Water Supply, Buckeye Style (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Jeremy Keller, Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, Water Delivery Technical Advisory Committee
Rural fire fighting operations, including operations in the wildland/urban interface, often struggle to secure an adequate water supply. This situation puts the safety of responders and the public at risk and limits tactical options available to incident commanders. The Water Delivery Technical Advisory Committee (WDTAC) of the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association has worked since 2010 to develop tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure adequate water supply for rural fire incidents. The WDTAC has developed innovative approaches to moving water, whether the incident involves an isolated barn fire, a wildfire, or a conflagration on an oil field “fracking” pad.
TH11 – Defending the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) through Structural Triage (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Josh Portie, Austin Fire Department, Texas
We learned how to assess the wildfire risk to the Home Ignition Zones (HIZ) through assessments, but how does it hold up during to structural triage during a wildfire? Learn what we are teaching about HIZ assessments and what our fire fighters are doing to reduce ignitability of structures during the fire.
TH17 − 400 Years of Wildland Fire Fighting Experience in America's Hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Presenter: Michael A. Young, Plymouth Fire Department, Massachusetts
An historical look at wildland fires, the development of 'brush breakers', and aggressive fire fighting tactics in what is considered the third most combustible forestry and vegetation in the country.
F05 – Big Wildfires Don’t’ Just Happen in the West (PDF, 5 MB)
Presenter: George Baker, CPC, ELI-MP, Fire and Ice Coaching, Fire Chief (retired), Mashpee, MA
It’s not if, it’s when, or in actuality when again. In this session Chief Baker will review five significant wildfires that have occurred this side of the Mississippi, what has happened since the fire, what steps (if any) have been taken to prevent a re-occurrence and what considerations could be made for the future.
F11 − The Overlooked Interface: Rural Communities and Agricultural Fires (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Jeremy Keller, Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association
Fires in agricultural fuels share many characteristics with other types of wildland fire, especially grass fires, but also exhibit unique characteristics deriving from the agricultural environment. Because the occurrence of field fires is diffuse across the landscape, they tend to occur "below the radar" from a national perspective. These fires, however, pose a very real threat to life and property in rural communities. This presentation will discuss field fire occurrence and weather patterns in northwestern Ohio since 2001, What observered trends mean for rural communities and fire departments, and mitigation and preparedness strategies to address the threat.
F17 − Spatially Mapping the Boundaries of Colorado’s Firewise Communities/USA® (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenters: Peter Barry, Lisa Mason and Courtney Peterson, Colorado State Forest Service
In 2014, the Colorado State Forest Service worked with the National Fire Protection Association to create a spatial database of the boundaries of Colorado’s Firewise Communities/USA. The boundary information can be used to help communities improve communication and safety among residents, develop a map to share with residents of Firewise Communities, inform and better prepare local fire departments to assist when wildfires do occur in the community, assist in planning future wildfire mitigation projects, and provide information that often is requested on grant applications. This presentation will explore the spatial data development strategies used in Colorado, the benefits of the boundary information for communities, and future opportunities the spatial boundary data can provide to land management agencies.
F20 - Where Do Residents Go and How Do They Go Home?
Presenters: David J. Driscoll, IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee; Brian Fennessy, San Diego Fire Rescue, CA; Justice Jones, Austin Fire Department, TX
Are your wildland fire evacuation and re-population plans in order and, more importantly, are your residents aware of them? Join Ready, Set, Go! Program champions to learn about national evacuation statistics and what can be gleaned from them and applied to your plans; evacuation and re-population challenges faced by career, combination, and volunteer fire departments and known smart practices; the importance of interagency collaboration and preparation; and how to reach your community members with this vital information through the use of the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
SA04 – Forest Stewardship and Firewise®: An Emerging Partnership in Alaska (PDF, 7 MB)
Presenter: Judith C. Reese, State of Alaska
Forest Stewardship has long been a national program supportive and educationally orientated to private landowners. With changing human concerns, decreased fire on the landscape, and accumulating hazardous fuels on private lands, traditional resource messaging must meet the changing needs. In Alaska, Forest Stewardship now boldly partners with Fire & Fuels management; W/UI grants; and national Firewise programs; to integrate contemporary messaging into field-going resource management actions, best management practices, and successful landowner outcomes.
SA05 − Protecting Individual Structures from Wildfire Using Long Term Fire Retardants (PDF, 11 MB)
Presenters: George Roby and Chris Thompson, Phos-Chek
Proper brush clearance and following Firewise® guidelines for defensible space around a structure are the first important steps in protecting a home from wildfire. Additional measures can also be taken to go beyond the minimum requirements in reducing fire hazards on a property. This session will explain the differences between long term fire retardant, foam, and gel products, discuss their intended uses, and explore how these products are being used effectively by everyone from professional fire fighters to insurance companies and home owners.
SA08 – Promoting and Conducting Prescribed Burns in Wildland/Urban Interface Communities
Presenters: Buren Fulmer, Bill Walker, Gary Wood, North Carolina Forest Service
Fire is a very important part of most forested ecosystems. Since fire has been excluded from most areas, an abundance of fuel has built up to allow for devastating wildfires. In some areas, many residents are against prescribed fire due to negative publicity of some escaped burns. This session will inform attendees of the importance of fire in fire dependent ecosystems and how to successfully plan and execute prescribed burns in urban and densely populated W/UI areas.
SA10 − Local Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenter: Hylton Haynes, NFPA
Understanding local fire department levels of preparedness and readiness in the event of a wildfire is very important. Many of the 27,117 local fire departments inventoried in NFPA’s survey serve the 72,681 communities at risk to wildfire in the United States. Local fire departments are normally the initial responders to a wildfire and are often overwhelmed when the wildfire goes beyond the initial attack operational period. Due to limited resources, local fire departments are beginning to address the problem differently by focusing on the susceptibility of structures to the inevitability of wildfire exposure. Learn about the results of NFPA research on fire departments located in the wildland/urban interface in the United States.
Research (Physical, Social, Ecology & Environmental)
TH03 − Forest Fuel Load Reduction Methods in Wildland/Urban Interface Environments
Presenter: Kutcher K. Cunningham, PhD, Arkansas Forest Resources Center
Forests in wildland/urban interface environments can contain heavy fuel loads that are difficult and costly to reduce. Our study explored vegetation management methods including mechanical, chemical, and prescribed fire to manipulate existing fuel loads and alter future forest conditions to help meet specific landowner objectives. This presentation will provide information on small-scale fire risk assessment and fuel load reduction study results.
TH09 – Community Perceptions: The Efficacy of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) in Colorado (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenters: Lisa Mason and Courtney Peterson, Colorado State Forest Service
To help reduce wildfire threats to communities, the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) supports the development and implementation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). Currently, more than 200 CWPPs have been developed in Colorado. Together with Colorado State University, the CSFS assessed the effectiveness of CWPP efforts in bringing together communities to reduce wildfire risk. This session will synthesize findings from the assessment of Colorado CWPPs and a series of interviews with community members involved in CWPP development and implementation.
TH15 – Homeowner Risk Mitigation and Community Wildfire Adaptedness (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenters: Patricia A. Champ and Travis Warziniack, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Colorado; James Meldrum and Hannah Brenkert-Smith, University of Colorado
This JFSP funded research examines the concept of “fire adaptedness,” how community characteristics relate to community adaptedness, and how community adaptedness relates to the wildfire risk reduction behaviors of residents from diverse communities across western Colorado. The research asks: (1) What is fire adaptedness? (2) How do individual and community characteristics relate to indicators of fire adaptedness? and (3) How are community programs that are intended to enhance fire adaptedness related to mitigation efforts on private property? Data sources included interviews with Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) coalition members, parcel level professional wildfire risk assessments, homeowner surveys, community wildfire adaptedness indicators, and other community demographic and socio-economic data.
TH19 – Risk Reduction Status of Recovering Wildfire-Impacted Communities of Canada (PDF, 10 MB)
Presenter: Alan Westhaver, ForestWise Environmental Consulting, Ltd.
The two worst wildland/urban interface fire disasters in modern Canadian history occurred when wildfires burned into Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2003 and Slave Lake, Alberta, in 2011. More than 722 homes were destroyed, thousands of local residents were subjected to untold suffering, and over $1 billion in insured losses resulted. This presentation will review findings from a post-disaster investigation sponsored by the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction to determine to what degree homeowners in the affected areas have adopted mitigation (FireSmart) measures to reduce the risk of future wildfire losses for their rebuilt homes.
F03 – Wildland Fire Spread with Stationary Burners (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Daniel Gorham, Associate Engineer, NFPA
Researchers have called for the need for a theory of wildland fire spread (Finney 2013). Measuring time-varying flame properties in spreading fires is difficult because the burning region is moving. Stationary experiments with liquid and gas fuels were conducted to replicate a spreading fire line and the time-varying features of the flame were analyzed using high-speed videography. Results presented include observation of the general flame structure, including streamwise streak spacing and flame fluctuation which relate to instabilities observed in large spreading experiments.
F09 − Vulnerability of Vents to the Entry of Wind-blown Embers
Presenter: Stephen Quarles, PhD, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center
Wind-blown embers (firebrands) from wildfires are considered to be the most common cause of building ignition. Embers have the potential to ignite combustible materials located in the enclosed spaces behind attic and foundation vents. The objective of recent research at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center was to evaluate the vulnerability of common attic and foundation (crawl space) vents to ember entry. The results of these experiments will be presented and discussed, along with recommendations for venting strategies for new and existing buildings.
F15 − Pathways for Building Fire Spread at the Wildland/Urban Interface (PDF, 4 MB)
Presenter: Daniel Gorham, NFPA
Learn about pathways for building fire spread at the wildland/urban interface (W/UI) identified through a recent project with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, NFPA’s research affiliate. The talk will cover exposure conditions, including firebrands, radiation and flame contact as well as a structure’s and community responses to these features. The impact of mitigation efforts, including hardening structures, fire fighter response, fuel treatments, community planning and outreach programs such as Firewise will be discussed. The presentation will outline the results of a gap analysis, identifying key areas for future research and standards development.
SA09 − Development and Applications of a New Cellular Automata Model for Fire Spread (PDF, 16 MB)
Presenter: Tammy Viggato, AIR Worldwide
There is a need for tools to aid us in determining the potential risk of wildfire damage to properties in any given location, and what independent factors can mitigate or exacerbate the risk. Here we will discuss how AIR models the risk of property damage from wildfire using a stochastic cellular automata model to simulate the extent and intensity of wildfires. The model was developed to reasonably simulate spread through both wildland fuels and the W/UI.
Technology, Policy & Regulations
TH04 − Lessons Learned in Planning & Design (PDF, 11 MB)
Presenters: Leigh W. Kane, Senior Planner, Horry County Planning and Zoning, South Carolina; Drake Carroll, South Carolina Forestry Commission
Horry County has experienced a number of devastating wildfires in recent years. As development continues to encroach upon forested wildlands, more and more people will become vulnerable to wildfires. Community design can directly influence wildfire vulnerability and emergency response capabilities. This session will unveil some of the planning and design challenges that were discovered as Horry County Planning and Zoning, Horry County Fire and Rescue, and South Carolina Forestry Commission assisted with the establishment of numerous Firewise Communities® following a wildfire disaster.
TH10 – Wildfire Situational Awareness (SA) – Using Technology to Connect Mitigation with Operations (PDF, 6 MB)
Presenter: Kate Dargan, Co-founder, Intterra Group; Retired State Fire Marshal, California
Situational Awareness (SA) uses every bit of valuable data to anticipate conditions. Learn how some of the latest software tech solutions that help mitigation efforts and outreach become critical fire fighting SA for better, faster decision-making. Today's wildland fire fighter now has the ability to see real-time fire perimeters, other responders, create instant maps for sharing, and view house-by-house data needed for structure protection. Mitigation staff can use the same system to assess risk, create homeowner communications, record fuels projects and special hazards that are shared with responders. Accurate, trusted data builds better SA, and good SA leads to safer, more efficient fire fighting. Come learn how to create integrated and planned SA.
TH14 – Insurance Companies and Wildfire Mitigation (PDF, 12 MB)
Presenters: Clark Woodward, RedZone Software; Pat Durland, Stone Creek Fire
Insurance companies are playing an increasingly active part in the proactive reduction of wildfire losses. As wildfire managers and residents, it can be difficult to see the world through the eyes of an insurance company. The presenters have worked closely with communities, agencies and national property/casualty insurers and will provide unique insight into these industries. The presentation will cover how insurers use wildfire modeling in deciding whether to insure a home, and how wildfire modeling is used to model loss exposure to a single event. It will also discuss how home risk assessments are used by the industry as well as the motivation and goals of private insurance fire response programs.
TH16 − Introduction to Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal
Presenters: Eric Mosley, Spalding County, GA; Fred Turck, Virginia Department of Forestry
SouthWRAP is an exciting new tool being utilized to raise awareness about wildfire risk. Needing a way to deliver wildfire risk information quickly and seamlessly to stakeholders, the Southern Group of State of Foresters developed the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SouthWRAP), building upon the success of the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (TxWRAP). SouthWRAP allows homeowners, community leaders, fire departments and decision-makers at all levels to work together to reduce wildfire risk and support mitigation and prevention efforts.
F04 – Land Use Planning and Wildfire in our Communities (PDF, 8 MB)
Presenters: Eric Lovgren, Eagle County, Colorado; Molly Mowery, Wildfire Planning International; Tareq Wafaie, AICP, Clarion Associates
Wildfires are necessary, wildfire disasters are not. This session is aimed at giving attendees a better understanding of how smart land use policy and development can reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire loss in their communities. This session will provide an overview of techniques and issues to be considered to reduce wildfire exposure, increase preparedness, and create more fire adapted subdivisions and neighborhoods.
F07 – The Firewise Communities® Mapping Project (PDF, 2 MB)
Presenters: Nick Harrison, State Firewise Liaison, Texas A&M Forest Service; Hylton Haynes, NFPA Fire Analysis Division
Since 2012, NFPA has been actively working with local Firewise Communities and State Forestry agencies to develop location and boundary spatial data for research and insurance purposes. This presentation explores the impetus behind this initiative and the two spatial data development strategies that were used in California and Texas.
F10 – Reducing Structural Losses from Wildfire: Are Regulations the Answer? (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenter: Cheryl Renner, President, Renner Associates, LLC
When wildfires occur adjacent to communities resulting in the loss of homes, businesses, and community structures, people ask how we might have used knowledge or technology to mitigate such a disaster. Many call for regulations, such as wildfire zoning ordinances and building codes, to make development in high fire risk areas safer. This presentation will review examples of existing regulations, adopted by states and municipalities, which have been effective in motivating homeowners to create and maintain defensible space around homes. Existing model ordinances to reduce structural losses can be modified to address local needs and conditions. Additional concerns such as public acceptance, enforcement and maintenance of reduced fuel conditions will be discussed.
F16 − Integrating LiDAR and Mobile Technology in the Community Wildfire Planning Process (PDF, 3 MB)
Presenters: William Glesener and Larry Himanga, Natural Resources Forestry, Minnesota
Community Wildfire Planning involves many steps and stakeholders. Often getting the initial assessment information can be difficult when planning over larger communities like Counties. Utilizing LiDAR data to generate an initial assessment and risk analysis based on structural proximity to large woody vegetation can be accomplished in hours rather than weeks. Improving the speed at which data is obtained via mobile applications, processed and made available to end users, reduces the overall planning time line by over seventy percent and can reduce the cost by eighty-ninety percent.