There are many potential pathways for wildland fires to ignite buildings in the wildland/urban interface (WUI). These pathways (including both fire and ember exposure) depend on the characteristics of the area (e.g., fuels, terrain, weather, etc.), the characteristics of the community (e.g., construction materials, building designs, housing density, landscaping, etc.), and the characteristics of the interface itself (e.g., separation distance, physical barriers, extent of perimeter, etc.).
As you may know, NFPA 1144: Standard for Reducing Structure Ignition Hazards from Wildland Fire, and NFPA 1141: Standard for Fire Protection Infrastructure for Land Development in Wildland, Rural, and Suburban Areas, address hazards to structures in the WUI, and provide appropriate mitigation measures. But by further understanding the pathways we mention above, and their contribution to fire risk, we will better be able to inform future editions of these NFPA standards.
So please join NFPA on April 21 from 12:30-2 PM EST for a free webinar titled, Wildland Fire Ignition Pathways with Dr. Michael Gollner, assistant professor at the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering, where we will explore these issues and try and answer some of the questions around home ignitions. The webinar is a great opportunity for those impacted by WUI fires including residents, planners, emergency managers, educators and responders.
For more information and to register, please visit NFPA’s online catalog.