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9:15 – 10:15 am
SA01 – Best Practices for Maintaining & Growing a Fire Adapted Community Program

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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.

SA03 − Making a High Fire Risk Neighborhood “Fire Danger Conscious”

Track: Research (Physical, Social, Ecology & Environmental)
Presenter: Edmond D. Van Doren, Golden Hills HOA, Colorado

The psychology of persuasion is as important as the physics of fire in dealing with homeowners. Golden Hills is a Colorado Springs community that was evacuated once and threatened twice: by Waldo Canyon in 2012, and Black Forest in 2013. Many residents mitigated extensively, but a surprising number did not take action, despite a citywide barrage of information. Many dollars of a matching grant to homeowners went unused, and many of our community’s 301 homes remained fire threats. This presentation focuses on the difficulties our home owner association faced in communicating the Why, What, and How of mitigation, and some strategies that worked (and didn’t).                                                                                                                                                                                                       

SA04 – Forest Stewardship and Firewise®: An Emerging Partnership in Alaska

Track: Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations
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

Track: Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations
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.

SA06 – Fire Adapted Communities® for the Fire Service

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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.

10:45 – 11:45 am 
SA08 – Promoting and Conducting Prescribed Burns in Wildland/Urban Interface Communities

Track: Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations
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.

SA09 − Development and Applications of a New Cellular Automata Model for Fire Spread

Track: Research (Physical, Social, Ecology & Environmental)
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.

SA10 − Local Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities

Track: Wildfire Planning, Suppression & Operations
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.
SA12 – Venting Green in the Red Zone

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
Presenter: Brent Berkompas, Firefighter, CA and Brandguard Vents, Inc.

Learn about the most effective home hardening attic ventilation methods in the wildfire red zones. You don’t need to seal up the attic in order to keep the flames and embers out. Help keep the house energy efficient and solar panel ready even in the red zones.  

SA13 – How South Carolina Communities make Firewise® Successful

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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

Track: Community Safety Approaches/Strategies
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.