Texas wildfire damage data: NIST researcher adds it all up

Blog Post created by michelesteinberg Employee on Jan 31, 2012

AlexIn the Winter issue of the Firewise How To Newsletter, Alex Maranghides discusses his ongoing research into WUI fire losses and the thorough data collection and analysis he is training people to conduct.

Maranghides, a Fire Protection Engineer with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), has been working on ways to develop reliable and implementable hazard reduction solutions for fire in the WUI for most of the past decade. His study of the Witch/Guejito fires in 2007 was the first in-depth documentation of the impact of wildland fire on homes using a consistent methodology, counting both burned and unburned structures and identifying homes where defensive action had been taken. 

Read our interview with Alex on page 4 of the Winter How To for more information on his work with the Texas Forest Service and his ideas about how a systematic approach may be able to reduce future WUI fire home losses.

--Michele Steinberg