The September/October NFPA Journal is now available. In its WildfireWatch column, I make a defense of defensible space as a lesson learned from the May 2014 fires in San Diego and help present the conept to the Journal's diverse readers.
For some backstory, I spent time last summer with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s Air Operations Division seeing first-hand their response capability to wildfire and the challenges they face with San Diego’s often rugged natural terrain. It was great learning from them and I’m thankful for the opportunity to have experienced the great work they do everyday. 11 months later, that same view from the helicopter saw fire, as 14 total fires burned 26,000 acres over a few days. Though 65 structures were lost, countless more were saved and I explore that lesson learned from those fires in the column.