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Georgia Firewise® Site Recognition Pilot Program
: Terri Jenkins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Eric Mosley, Georgia Forestry Commission; Michelle Schirm, Georgia Forestry Associations
Description: Non-traditional Firewise Sites are continually approaching the Georgia Forestry Commission looking for recognition under the current Firewise Program. Aiming to bridge the gap between Firewise and Fire Adapted Communities, Georgia's Firewise Site Recognition pilot program was created to recognize non-traditional entities such as state parks, fire departments, military bases, and others for their outstanding dedication to Firewise practices. This lecture will summarize the development and growth of this new recognition program and discuss two separate pilot state parks.

Using Surveys as a Prevention Tool (PDF, 897 KB)
Faith Berry, NFPA Firewise Advisor; Dennis Grubb, Orange County, California Fire Authority
Description: Cowan Heights is very similar to Oakland Hills, California. It is located in a known fire corridor, has narrow streets, steep slopes, heavy vegetation, and limited egress points. The project area consists of 800 single family residences built between 1950 and 2002. Hyperspectral analysis was completed to assess dangerous vegetation both in the community and the surrounding interface area. The information was used to generate the first-of-its-kind interactive web-based program that allowed people to complete a wildfire risk assessment of their home. Varied tactics were used to encourage the public to use the web site and take responsibility in lowering their wildfire risk. In 2012, a survey was developed in partnership with Dr. Sarah McCaffrey to assess the effectiveness of the program and the utilization of the web-based tool with 42% response rate. The second part of the presentation includes a survey completed by Faith Berry for a fire authority utilizing the Unite Nations’ suggestions for developing a paradigm regarding community knowledge of Firewise® principals and the community chipping program.

Inside High Park Fire - Were We Prepared? A Perspective from the Rist Canyon VFD Fire Chief
Robert Gann, Chief, Rist Canyon, Colorado Volunteer Fire Department
Description: June 9, 2012 a lightning-sparked fire rolled through the Colorado foothills. Within 72 hours, the fire burned 42,000 acres and forced a 3 week evacuation. 21 days later when High Park was contained, it had burned over 87,000 acres, destroyed 257 homes and taken 1 life. In many ways, High Park was the fire RCVFD and our residents had been preparing for since RCVFD was founded in 1975. In this candid presentation, RCVFD Chief Bob Gann will discuss that pre-planning and preparation and how it worked. What aspects of it were critical and where could we have improved? What lessons can you take back to your community about how to prepare and react when faced with a wildland fire, large or small (they all start small!).

Geospatial Assessment of Rural Water Supply Networks (PDF, 9 MB)
Jeremy A. Keller
Description: Rural fire districts often rely on static water sources to supply suppression operations. An intensive pre-planning process is required to ensure that a robust, redundant water supply network is available in the fire protection area. This session will demonstrate a GIS-based approach for assessing existing water supply networks and identifying areas of weak coverage based on actual road travel distances and modeled times using ArcGIS Network Analyst. It will also demonstrate a technique to quantify the impact that proposed water source development projects will have on the supply network. Information developed from such assessments can be used to identify areas of weak water supply coverage, support funding requests, and target the use of limited funds to develop water supply sources in the most critical areas.

What’s the Difference Between a CWPP, Firewise® Communities and an HIZ Assessment? (PDF, 11 MB)
Faith Berry, NFPA Firewise Advisor
Description: This presentation will provide the differences between the three different types of assessments, how to complete these assessments and the importance of collaboration between fire agencies, communities, water districts and state and federal partners. The presentation will also offer a CWPP template.

The Little Things that Burn Structures
Gary Marshall, NFPA Firewise Advisor
Description: We often think it is the big flames that burn homes from wildfire, but current science, fire modeling and case studies show it is the small flames and embers that damage the majority of the structures from wildfire. This presentation will discuss what residents can do ahead of time to reduce the risk to the home without creating a "moonscape".

The Napa Communities Firewise® Foundation: Using the Firewise Model
Stephen Gort, Napa Communities Firewise Foundation
Description: The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation is a community based, wildland fire awareness program designed to provide the residents of high-risk communities with the knowledge and tools they need to establish local community teams to undertake fire safety programs. Attendees will learn about community level needs assessment, planning, funding for initial mitigation projects, grant writing assistance and project management.

Fire Weather and the Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Environment for First Responders and Residents
Kelly Johnston, Wildland Professional Solutions, Canada
Description: This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of how weather, topography and fuels in the wildland/urban interface can change and influence fire behavior, impact your safety, and to understand how to minimize your exposure to these conditions.

The Island Park, Idaho Sustainable Fire Community Project (PDF, 6 MB)
Mark Larson, Idaho Department of Insurance; Craig Glazier, USDA Forest Services/Idaho Department of Lands; Liz Davy, USDA Forest Service Ashton/Island Park Districts
Description: The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community Project will implement the Cohesive Strategy, a collaborative effort to identify, define, and address wildland fire management problems and opportunities for successful wildland fire management. This project will restore and maintain resilient landscapes, create a fire adapted community, and improve agency and local response to wildfires in Island Park, Idaho. An ecologically and socially resilient landscape is one able to withstand large wildfires and insect epidemics. The collaborative group has developed and begun implementation of a dynamic long-term strategy to achieve this goal by establishing management objectives, techniques, and prioritized treatment areas. The groundwork for the implementation of this unique project was brought about by Idaho’s 10 year involvement with the National Fire Plan.