Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. In the past decade, wildfires have burned over 59 million acres of land. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2011 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with close to 9 million acres burned. Decreasing fire risk in the WUI is a huge challenge, but NFPA continues to work with organizations across the country and around the globe to raise awareness of wildfire and what communities can do to help lower their risk of damage.
At the NFPA’s 2013 "Backyards & Beyond" conference in Salt Lake City, nearly 300 participants attended more than 50 breakout sessions in five different tracks that touched on everything from defensible space and volunteerism to community planning and evacuation. Some of the top names in the industry also provided insight into many of the most talked about wildfire issues today including climate change, wildfire policies and practices, insurance and the environment.
Video: Bob Mutch, long-time forest fire researcher and fire management expert, spoke at NFPA's 2013 Backyards & Beyond conference in Salt Lake City. He said fire community and interface leaders are failing to communicate to policy-makers and interface residents about the enactment of unsustainable fire policies that are producing catastrophic outcomes.