IAFC to host “Lessons from the Waldo Canyon Fire" webinar

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Apr 2, 2013

Join the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) on Thursday, April 18 at 11 am ET,  for their complimentary webinar, "Lessons from the Waldo Canyon Fire" and discuss how the city of Colorado Springs' wildland fire safety programs could be applied in your community.FAC

Last summer, the Waldo Canyon Fire destroyed 345 homes and resulted in the evacuation of more than 30,000 residents from Colorado Springs. In the wake of the tragic fire, members of the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Coalition visited the area to learn how the city’s decade-long wildland fire safety programs had affected the outcome of the fire. FAC recently released both a report and video that were based on interviews, field visits and tours of the city’s most affected neighborhoods. The coalition’s assessment team conducted the tours and interviews during a three-day visit to the area in July 2012.

This webinar will summarize the FAC coalition's findings, with particular emphasis on construction details that increased the vulnerability of homes to wildland fire, and solutions to help mitigate their susceptibility.

This webinar will teach you:

  • How      wind-blown embers can result in the direct and indirect ignition of homes
  • Factors      that can lead to home-to-home fire spread
  • Areas      of roofs that can be vulnerable to ember ignition
  • How      the Colorado Springs wildland fire mitigation program takes a fire-adapted      community approach

The webinar will be presented by the following FAC coalition members:

  • Dr.      Steve Quarles, Senior Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business and Home      Safety
  • Rich      Cowger, Chief, Columbus (MT) Fire Rescue and Rural Fire District
  • Molly      Mowery, Program Manager, Fire Adapted Communities

Register today to participate in this interactive webinar discussion!

Fire Adapted Communities connects residents with national programs, resources and organizations that can help them address their community's specific wildfire mitigation needs. Learn more about what Fire Adapted Communities can do to help your community reduce its wildfire risk by visiting the website at