Topic: Wildfire

BBC drone footage Chile WLFs pulled 2Feb17
MoU signing with Pau Costa Leadership Feb17

New Firewise partnership in Spain to advance wildfire preparedness

I am pleased to share NFPA Wildfire Division Manager, Michele Steinberg's, update from Spain where a new Firewise partnership is reflecting the importance of fire resistant landscapes and resilient communities. This week, Michele is presenting at the IAWF conference in Barcelona and working with NFPA's new partner, the Pau Costa Foundation, on wildfire community outreach.   Michele's remarks are below. During the inaugural International Congress on Prescribed Fires, on February 1, in Barcelona, NFPA formalized an agreement with a Spanish non-profit that will serve to support a common mission of wildfire safety through information, knowledge, outreach and advocacy. The Pau Costa Foundation and the Wildfire Division of NFPA share a passion to advocate for profound change in how wildfire is perceived and managed, and to shift beliefs and behaviors from the concept of fire elimination and exclusion to a new vision of community wildfire resilience and the elimination of disastrous consequences to life and property. The joint memorandum of understanding encourages the use of NFPA's wildfire education and outreach programs, including Firewise®. As the informal custodian of Firewise program concepts in Spain, the Pau Costa Foundation will use its expertise and talent in knowledge transfer and information dissemination to help local entities to develop appropriate wildfire safety actions. Pau Costa Foundation's European-wide networking is anticipated to inspire the spread of Firewise concepts throughout Europe. Our agreement also encourages the sharing of lessons learned for transfer back to NFPA to enrich the U.S. context. As I have observed through several days of participation at the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and the International Congress on Prescribed Fire, the Pau Costa Foundation is serving a unique role in Europe and beyond. They are a valued convener and coordinator of information and knowledge about wildfire safety and fire management. While it is a young organization, formed in 2011, it has quickly earned respect and inspired enthusiasm for holistic approaches to wildfire throughout Europe and with partner organizations around the world. At both the professional and personal levels, it was exciting and gratifying to be present together with our new partners in Spain and to be able to sign an agreement of this scope. It will be even more exciting to launch our mutual efforts through a workshop in Catalonia this weekend and to follow developments over the coming months and years. We want to hear from you! It's easy to comment on posts: just look for the log in link above to log in or register for your free account on Xchange. Xchange is more than a blog; it's an online community that connects you with peers worldwide and directly with NFPA staff. Get involved today!
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2017 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees announced

Recipients of the annual 2017 Wildfire Mitigation Awards, the highest commendation for innovation and leadership by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire mitigation - includes fourteen individuals/organizations. The awards were established in 2014 and are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and will be presented at the IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference (WUI) in Reno, NV on March 22, 2017. Those being honored for their exemplary commitment to community wildfire risk reduction include: Bob Betts:  Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission, Prescott, Arizona Brianna Binnebose:  Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands Heather Campbell:  Pollock Pines Fire Safe Council, Pollock Pines, California Chief Walton Daugherty:  City of Helotes Fire Department, Helotes, Texas Joanne Drummond:  Fire Safe Council of Nevada County, Grass Valley, California Ann Hogan:  Town of Riverview, Wisconsin John T. Mele:  Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District, Snowmass Village, Colorado Pete Padelford:  Blue Lake Springs Homeowners Association, Arnold, California Rebecca Samulski:  FireWise of Southwest Colorado, Dolores, Colorado Bryan Schaffler:  USDA Forest Service Jim Tencza:  FireWise of Southwest Colorado, Bayfield, Colorado City of Borger, Texas Santa Fe Fire Department, Wildland Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico Yarnell Fire Mitigation Cooperative:  Yarnell, Arizona
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176 communities added to national Firewise Communities/USA program

Residents working towards reducing their wildfire risks within 176 communities, achieved national recognition for their accomplishments through the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities/USA program in 2016. They now join communities throughout 41 states that annually complete a required set of renewal criteria to remain a participant. The grassroots efforts implemented in these sites demonstrates the homeowner's commitment to make important contributions in making their investments better prepared for when wildfires occur. There's currently 1,388 active recognized Firewise sites located in wildland/urban interface areas where wildfire risks exist. States adding the most new Firewise communities during the recent calendar year include the following: Washington:  32 Colorado:  23 Oregon:  23 California:  18 Arkansas:  13 The program's original nine communities were recently acknowledged for 15 years of continuous participation. Reaching the 15-year milestone speaks volumes about the dedication and determination residents have in completing mitigation projects within commonly-owned areas and in their property's home ignition zones. Learn more about how residents can proactively impact their home's individual survivability during future wildfires - and consider leading your neighbors in the Firewise collaborative process that increases their property's chances of not being destroyed or damaged.
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NFPA wildfire standards revised for 2017

Over 2016, NFPA's Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Standards Committee held its “second draft review” of public comments to ensure the standards remain relevant in their field. As explained by NFPA, the standards development process encourages public participation in the development of its standards. All NFPA standards are revised and updated every three to five years, in revision cycles that begin twice each year. This public participation to the standards began in 2015 for the 2017 revision cycle of NFPA 1144: Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire, and NFPA 1143: Wildland Fire Management. The committee's work culminated in a review meeting in Nashville, TN, over September 29, 2016. Revisions and clarifications were made to the standards and will be presented to NFPA's Standards Council in 2017. I spoke with the committee staff Liaison, Tom McGowan, who shared highlights of the committee's deliberations and new revisions for each standard below. NFPA 1144 – Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire • Clarified definitions including defensible space, fire resistive, ignition-resistant material, immediate landscaped area, noncombustible material, slope, structure ignition zone, water supply, wildland/urban interface and intermix. • Map elements to also include hydrants, cisterns, and water sources • Structural assessment will include an evaluation of the site for conflagration hazards. • Significant revisions to construction design and materials of the structure and components supported by ASTM testing standards and specific compliance elements found in chapter 5:  Roof design and materials Vents for attics, subfloors, and walls All projections including balconies, carports, decks, patio covers, enclosed roofs and floors Exterior vertical walls Exterior openings NFPA 1143 - Wildland Fire Management • Revised terminology from Wildland Fire Control to Wildland Fire Management to be more representative of the document's intent. • Aligned training and qualifications with NFPA or National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) • Aligned incident management chapter to National Incident Management System (NIMS) • Clarified the terminology and redefined fire suppression subsections including size-up, fire engagement and management, and mop-up and demobilization. • Revised responsibilities of Public Information Officer (PIO) to comply with NIMS. • Revised responsibilities of Safety Officer to participate in tactics and planning meetings as outlined in NIMS. • Clarified required documentation for Finance and Administration. • Updated NWCG publications reference material. The revised editions for 2017-2019 will become available in mid-2017. We encourage you to learn more about NFPA's various wildland fire standards and to utilize them in your local risk reduction activities. I share my thanks to the members of NFPA's Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Standards Committee for their volunteer work over the past two years as well. Photo Credit: (second) NWCG photo library, April Deming, NPS 2014_09_09-19_36_23_966-CDT
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