Latest Wildfire Watch column reminds us to address land use issues before potential problems arise

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on May 7, 2014

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In the latest issue of NFPA Journal, Lucian Deaton titled his new Wildfire Watch column, "Why Ask Why?" Throughout it, Lucian details some personal anecdotes that have shaped the way he thinks about land use issues.

With 84% of the WUI not yet developed, he forsees many challenges in the future regarding weighing wildfire policy with the goals and ideas of urban planners, economic development specialists and others. 

Lucian makes sure to point out that it is our responsibility to identify and propose what works to enact desired change in the process. But we need to also consider what is influencing that initial local behavior by playing the long game and asking why communities make such decisions in the first place.

Read Lucian's full Wildfire Watch column in this month's NFPA Journal to hear more about this issue.