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luciandeaton
Click to view contentIt should bring a moment of pause when Australians describe their fire threat as “catastrophic”. This is the forecast warning for Tuesday in eastern-Australia, as high winds and temperatures above 96 degrees Fahrenheit are expected to fan numerous fires that have already brought life and structure losses.  An anticipated afternoon southerly wind… (Show more)
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faithberry
Click to view content  The Camp Fire, the most devastating California wildfire to date, which caused 5 injuries, 86 fatalities, the loss of 18,804 structures and 153,300 acres burned.  These losses, along with contamination of the water supply, damage to the watershed, and huge hazmat cleanup costs, devastated the local communities of Paradise and Yankee Concow. The… (Show more)
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faithberry
Click to view contentFor many, the fall months are a time for cleaning up our yards of accumulated leaves, sticks, and other vegetative debris before the long winter.  Disposing of this dried up green waste is becoming more difficult, with many waste facilities no longer accepting such material.  Yet, allowing this material to accumulate close to the home is even… (Show more)
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michelesteinberg
Click to view contentRegister now for NFPA's Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day training in Charlotte, North Carolina, scheduled for November 21-22. This class will provide valuable skills and knowledge to help you in your wildfire safety mission. Learn the science behind how homes ignite from wildfire. More importantly, find out the best… (Show more)
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faithberry
Click to view contentDid you know that many of California’s worst wildfires have historically occurred in the fall? Recent examples from last year include the Camp Fire which caused 86 fatalities and destroyed 18,804 structures and the Woolsey Fire which destroyed 1,643 structures and caused 3 fatalities. In fact, CAL Fire’s statistics show that 15 of the top 20… (Show more)
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michelesteinberg
Fires in wildland-urban interfaces (WUI) are associated with severe negative consequences, such as large community evacuation, property losses social disruption, short- and long-term damage to infrastructure, injuries, and evacuee and responder fatalities. Wildland fires represent an important safety issue in many regions of the world. The future… (Show more)
megan.fitzgerald-mcgowan
Click to view contentFire Prevention Week is here!  This year’s theme, "Not everyone wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape" emphasizes the importance of fire escape planning, whether from a home fire or evacuating during a wildfire.  NFPA and its partners have some excellent resources to help you reach hero status.   Keep in mind, a hero isn't just someone who… (Show more)
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faithberry
Click to view contentWith 1/3 of all US homes located in areas considered wildland urban interface (WUI) and more than 35,000 homes lost in the US to wildfire over the past 10-years, it is more important than ever that home design and construction ensure that they are safer from wildfire.  While some people have been concerned that building stronger using wildfire… (Show more)
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luciandeaton
Click to view contentWhile moderate weather this fall has pacified 2019 wildfire-starts in California compared to previous years, CAL FIRE calls for vigilance as the season unfolds. An article in yesterday’s LA Times shares data on the state’s five current wildfires over 500 acres. These are found in the north and central areas and include the Taboose Fire near Big… (Show more)
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msnow
Click to view contentThere are many things you can do to prepare your family and home for wildfire, but it is also important to have a plan for your community. September marks National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA, and the focus for this week is all about getting your community prepared. Why is it important to get involved in community preparedness?… (Show more)
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