Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire training

The good news is, unlike floods, hurricanes or earthquakes, there are simple and often inexpensive ways to make homes safer from wildfire. With a good understanding of wildfire hazards and mitigation strategies, community residents can effectively lower the wildfire risk and losses to their homes, neighborhoods and natural resources. 

NFPA recognizes that the change needed to reverse this loss trend begins with a rock-solid understanding of the basics of how wildfires ignite structures combined with scientifically proven mitigation actions.

Our two-day “Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire” training is based on research and post fire investigations. These identify the mitigation techniques that are most effective in reducing wildfire damage potential in the home ignition zone (HIZ) – the home itself and everything around it within 100 to 200 feet.

The training is delivered by experienced wildland fire specialists and focuses on both the physical and behavioral sciences behind successful wildfire mitigation. It’s also the only national standardized training that offers factual solutions and action strategies regarding modern wildfire mitigation. 

  • July 16-20, San Francisco, CA
  • September 10-14, Charlotte, NC
  • September 24-28, Denver, CO

  • December 10-14, Anaheim, CA

Thanks to a generous Fire Prevention & Safety Grant from DHS/FEMA, NFPA is offering seminar scholarships for this training.

The scholarship covers your seminar registration, travel, meals and lodging expenses. Priority is given to members of local fire departments and state fire organizations. Federal employees are not eligible for this scholarship.


Technical training designed for professionals in the areas of emergency response, insurance, community planning and development, urban and wildland conservation and others who will benefit from an in-depth understanding of wildfire behavior, how homes ignite, and mitigation concepts. The training consists of six modules each addressing different issues surrounding today’s wildfire hazards to homes, businesses and communities.

Materials and agenda

In addition to expert instruction and wildfire safety principles you can apply in your profession, you’ll receive a guide containing the program presentation, printed educational materials, and an NFPA Certificate of Completion. You will also receive a copy of a Wildfire Structure Assessment Guide.


Attendees can earn 1.4 CEUs for the two-day workshop. CFEs from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested.

Bring this training to your organization

This option allows a fire department, agency or company to bring this training to a location of their choice and host a session exclusively for their team members, employees or other invited guests. NFPA provides the instructors, student materials, evaluations and certificates, and also handles shipping and instructor logistics. The host organization provides the location, in addition to any lodging needs for employees/guests, in addition to the projector, computer/LCD projector, screen, podium and refreshments if desired. 

Please contact NFPA for more information.

NFPA encourages all organizations to plan the training at least 30 days in advance of the training date.


Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula, Montana, talks about the home ignition zone. Video courtesy of the National Building Museum’s Designing for Disaster exhibit.

Five reasons you should choose NFPA for your home ignition zone training

  1. Applied Knowledge – In this newly redesigned workshop, learn to assess wildfire risks, eliminate hazards and develop mitigation recommendations for structures in wildland, forested and grassland areas.
  2. Expert Instruction – Learn from wildland fire specialists who helped develop the course and have direct experience in the field.
  3. Gain Accreditation – For the first time, receive a Certificate of Education Achievement available through an online exam taken after the course. Earn 1.4 CEUs with completion of the two-day course; .7 CEUs for the one-day course. CFE’s from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested.
  4. Convenience – Time is valuable, so you choose the location that works best for your team and our staff will take care of all the details for you. 
  5. Skills Beyond the Classroom – Learn how to apply home ignition zone principles to reduce wildfire risk to homes. Gain confidence in providing actionable advice to property and business owners on how to minimize wildfire ignition risks.  


"I thought I was going to get a checklist but instead I got an understanding of a process that I can apply anywhere!" – Mitigation specialist

"As a community coordinator, it pulled a lot of information together for me, and will assist me further in working with the residents in my community," says an Alaska community resident and Firewise advocate.

Other class participants had this to say: "Every aspect of this class is applied in my daily activities on the job working with defensible space and property owners. I will pay more attention to structure-to-structure ignition in our wildfire planning."