Highway 31 Fire lessons for all at Backyards & Beyond

Blog Post created by luciandeaton Employee on Oct 9, 2015

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Attendees at this October’s Backyards & Beyond Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, are going to learn about the most destructive wildfire in South Carolina history, which burned almost 20,000 acres and took 76 homes adjacent to Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Darryl JonesThe Thursday lunchtime Featured Presentation speaker is Darryl Jones, Forest Protection Chief of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, who will re-account the efforts to control the fire, manage the evacuation, and illustrate the difficulties found in this peat fuel type. 

For some backstory, I spoke with Chief Jones and he shared with me that the main point he wants to get across is, “that that wildfire is not just a western issue, that it is common across the US.”

He explained that in speaking with his counterparts in other states, “getting homeowners, communities, and elected officials to recognize that wildfire is a real, frequent and very likely local threat, is a big challenge. We have had great success using the story of the Highway 31 Fire to get the attention of communities across South Carolina.  There were only a few communities that had achieved Firewise Communities/USA recognition status before the fire, and we now have 30.”

He went onto say that, “I hope the attendees can use this case study, or one from their own area, to spark interest in community wildfire protection planning.  While the fuels, weather, and fire environment may differ, large fires can occur in every state, and the broad tools we have to prepare communities like Firewise, Ready, Set, Go!, CWPPs, and fuels mitigation efforts need to be implemented across the board.”

BY&B 15 BrochureNFPA's Backyards & Beyond Conference will be held October 22-24 in Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Learn about the pre-conference training classes; the various educational sessions and focus tracks that will be held over the three days; and the keynote and featured presentations planned for the conference.  

Register for the conference online and secure your spot today.