Backyards and Beyond Wildfire Conference to offer risk reduction course

Blog Post created by tomwelle on Aug 17, 2015

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 Assessing Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone will be offered Oct. 20 and 21 at the conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.  The course content reflects the latest in research and investigative findings from trusted sources like Dr. Jack Cohen of the USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Science Laboratory and Dr. Steve Quarles from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, (IBHS).  Besides getting the latest scientific based information, attendees will also be able to obtain a Certificate of Education Achievement from NFPA for a nominal fee.

Teaching along with Dr. Cohen will be wildfire expert Pat Durland.  “This is the only standardized nationally recognized mitigation course in the country”, Durland said.  “There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there, but this course boils it down to basic elements”, he said.  “It dials you in on what’s important”. 

With over 35 years of wildland fire experience, Durland knows what he’s talking about when he speaks to our ability to reduce risk from wildfires.  “Losing homes to wildfire is not inevitable, this is a problem we don’t have to pass on to future generations.”  “Wildfire responds so well to pre-event mitigation compared to other natural hazards."

In this course, practitioners, stakeholders and residents will learn how to assess wildfire risk around a home or structure and then steps they need to take to mitigate those risks.  By modifying the area around their homes, which for many, can be accomplished in a few weekends, they can greatly improve their odds of surviving a wildfire.

So, plan on attending the Home Ignition Zone course where you can talk one-on-one with the experts. To register vist: .