The Fire Protection Research Foundation currently has two on-going research projects related to wildland fire and the wildland-urban interface (WUI).
Fire brands and embers generated by burning fuels can travel ahead of the flame front and cause ignition of spot fires in vegetation fuels and buildings. Not all embers are created equal; the amount, shape, mass and dimensions of embers produced from burning fuels can vary and may have different potential to ignite other fuels. A Joint Fire Science Program funded project is looking at the production of these embers from wildland and structural fuels which can be used to understand the exposure to unburned fuels and ultimately the risk of ignition. More information on this project is available on the Foundation's website.
Water is an important component of most fire protection systems, including fire department intervention. Getting the water from where it is stored to where is needs to be is an important part of the fire department operations and in the fire protection design of suburban and rural communities. Current codes and standard provide requirements for determining the minimum amount of water and supply to these communities. A new project supported by the NFPA Research Fund will look at the minimum water supply table in NFPA 1142 and provide recommendations as appropriate. You can find information about this and other on-going work on the current projects page.