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This past week both Faith Berry (Southwest 1 Firewise Advisor) and I visited the Orange County Fire Authority (California) where we met Sonja Powell (Assistant Fire Marshal) and Nick Pivaroff (Senior Fire Inspector) to discuss the Firewise Communities/USA recognition program.

During the course of the conversation Sonja directed us to their wonderful Ready, Set, Go! website. One of the more interesting sections that is complimentary to Firewise can be found in the Ready section under vegetation management. The video on plant separation is particularly helpful as it provides great explanations on vertical and horizontal plant separation.  The application of these principles can really affect the vertical and horizontal continuity of vegetation in one's yard.  Following these recommendations can significantly reduce home and surrounding landscape ignitability.

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017c374c929b970b-piOrange CountyRSG

http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017d41833e89970c-piData_ProjectThis past November, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division with the help of the National Association of State Foresters (NASF) and the US Fire Administration (USFA) convened a group of 18 wildland fire data reporting experts from local, state and federal organizations  to discuss different wildland fire data collection, reporting and research initiatives that are occurring throughout the United States.

The fundamental purpose of the meeting was to answer this complex question: How can wildland fire organizations consolidate existing wildland fire agency and national fire incident reporting system data sets effectively and efficiently to produce an accurate national cohesive wildland fire risk profile?

For more information about this ongoing initiative please visit this NFPA link to download a copy of the meeting report.

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