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Implementing Firewise Not Always Easy-Even After the Fire

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Nov 30, 2010

Molly recently shared an article with me about the efforts of rebuilding after the Fourmile Canyon fire in Colorado.  What struck me as interesting was, even after a significant fire event, the usual reasons for complacency still came up; economics, politics, fairness of regulations, etc. 

You can read the article and listen to an interview with a homeowner here:

http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kunc/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1729381/Regional/For.Boulder.Wildfire.Victims..a.Long.Recovery

One of the things that NFPA will be embark on in 2011 as part of our workplan is an analysis of the role regulations play in dealing with the WUI issue.  What is in place across the country, and how effective are those regulations in helping mitigate the problem?  Clearly land use and building regulations can play a key role in getting things done the "right" way from the beginning.  But what happens after that?  Do regulations help in compelling the homeowner to continue to be Firewise?  And what about this process of rebuilding after the fire?  Does one set of requirements work in all areas or do the regulations have to be "politically palatable" for acceptance in a given area?

Let us know what you think and share your successes and stumbles when it comes to using regulations as part of your tool kit in helping make communities Firewise.

Dave

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