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GbAs wildfires burn in California and across many communities in the U.S., Green Builder Media will host a free webinar presented by NFPA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound, and safer from wildfire.

The webinar, “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” will be hosted by Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager, who will discuss concepts and techniques around siting, designing, building and maintaining homes and neighborhoods to resist ignition from wildland fire. She will also explain how Firewise techniques can help reduce exposure to wildfire threat.

Research has shown that well-built homes and well-designed landscapes are much more likely to survive a wildfire. The building and design community has a lot to offer to help solve the challenge of home destruction in a wildfire. 

This is important information because the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that wildfire seasons are increasing in length and intensity. A recent study published in Nature Communications indicates that there is “a significant lengthening of fire weather seasons across 25.3 percent of the planet's vegetated lands, leading to the elevation of mean fire season duration by up to 18.7 percent.” The study also states that, “the locations, which have become prone to burning due to the long periods of fire weather, also increased by 108.1 percent.”

Join this important information sharing webinar. Register today.

FW Urban Legends Workshop PosterYesterday’s virtual workshop was a great success, with over 100 participants learning from Pat Durland, as he put wildland urban legends to the test. 

If you missed the event, you can view the YouTube video of the workshop from its site page.  

We know that many Firewise Communities are hosting “watch parties” that will bring together residents to watch the workshop and share in discussion.  We encourage others to follow this example and use it as a great educational tool about wildfire risk. 

In the workshop, the combustibility of window drapes; the risk from aspen trees; vulnerabilities of wooden fences attached to the home; the use of pool water against ember fires; the strength of grass fires; and other topics were explored.  Great follow-up questions from the participants about ember casting, windows, vents, and fence ordinances added to the education from the hour workshop.

Learn from the virtual workshop and take any questions – or additional wildland urban legends you have heard – to Firewise’s Facebook page.  A question from Thursday is already up about ember casting.  Add to the discussion and make your community safer from wildfire today.

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