NFPA Journal column reflects on drought and wildfire risk

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Jul 21, 2015

The July/August NFPA Journal is out and in its latest WildfireWatch column, I consider the dry conditions that have pushed wildfire to the top of current news in places like California and Washington State.   
Wildfire cover photo NFPA Journal June15 WildfireWatch columnFor some backstory, a recent trip to Long Beach, CA, got me thinking about how scarce rain is in parts of the country and the wildfire risk to structures posed when vegetation dries out.  While California has recently seen a grass fire burn abandoned cars on an interstate and days later, rain flood out another major road, steadily impacting drought is putting structures in harm’s way and we need to think of drought as a fire risk in a new way. 

I also share reflections on a very good presentation by Dr. Stephen Pyne I was fortunate to attend about the history of wildfire and landscape health to help frame how we should view to the risk ahead.