The risk of catastrophic fire occurrence in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is a major issue in today’s fire protection community. There are many potential tools for zoning administrators, planners, and fire/emergency managers to consider when addressing their community’s wildfire risk.
In a special panel discussion at FNPA's Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Molly Mowery of NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations division, Ray Bizal of NFPA’s Western Regional office, and Don Elliott of Clarion Associates talked about the array of tools available, including building codes and standards, voluntary programs (e.g. Firewise Communities/USA recognition program), Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and hazard mitigation planning.
The panel also discussed a recent report, “Addressing Community Wildfire Risk: A Review and Assessment of Regulatory and Planning Tools" issued by the Fire Protection Research Foundation. Casey Grant, research director for the Foundation, talks about the report.
Don Elliot from Clarion Associates talks about the key takeaways from the Foundation report.