New NFPA resource offers wildfire planning and regulatory guidance

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Apr 17, 2013

!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d-320wi|alt=Cover|width=261|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Cover|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef017eea55c9aa970d|height=314!There are many audiences that NFPA reaches out to: homeowners, foresters, community leaders, fire practitioners, and development professionals.  In recent years we have made a special push to work with this last category – particularly planners and regulators.  Although this group is sometimes overlooked because they aren’t seen as a traditional audience for addressing wildfire concerns, their potential role is significant. As preferences for second homes and suburban lifestyles increase, so does the wildland-urban interface.  Planners and regulators are in a unique position to address development through regulations and better site planning that consider wildfire hazard. 

To further encourage the involvement of planners and regulators in addressing the wildland-urban interface, NFPA contracted with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use planning and law firm, to create a best practices guide, “Community Wildfire Safety Through Regulation.”  This guide is designed to help planners and local communities considering wildfire regulations better understand their options and implement a successful public process to adopt effective wildland-urban interface tools that match local needs. 

[A free PDF copy is now available | http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files//wildland/WildfireBestPracticesGuide.pdf].  Download your copy today, and get sound technical advice and legal justifications for adoptions of wildfire regulations, tips on what planners should do before the community embarks on a formal wildfire safety regulation adoption process, and appropriate community tools to address wildfire risk.