A great combination of speakers presented this morning at Backyards and Beyond, including Shawn Stokes with IAFC, Steve Quarles with IBHS and Nick Goulette with Watershed Research and Training. They discussed the National Wildland Fire Cohesive Strategy which highlights the need for communities to be fire adaptive.
Shawn spoke first discussing how the Cohesive Strategy leads to better execution before, during and after wildfire. He highlighted several success stories; a public and private partnership that developed a model plan for fire in Eagle County, Colorado and a Montana state Ready, Set, Go! video that was collaboratively created. He also made a point about 2 nearby counties in California, Ventura County who is very aggresive with thir code enforcement and who only saw 7 structure losses in a 10 year period, and San Diego County who does not enforce codes and saw 7,986 losses in the same time span.
Steve then went into some background on IBHS and the elements of FAC that they assist communities with - CWPP's, local codes, and buildings/landscaping being designed to resist fire. Their laboratory and field experiments give them the information they need to make the best recommendations. Finally, Nick gave further detail on Fire Adapted Communities and the FAC Learning Network. He shared some information about the eight pilot communities in this program and some of the early findings and considerations that had been developed.
Together, these men shared how existing resources could be utilized to complement the efforts of FAC and the Cohesive Strategy. To learn more, visit www.fireadapted.org.