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Last Thursday’s final virtual workshop
for 2016 was a success, with over 180 people joining Firewise on the Webinars On Air site and YouTube to hear 15 wildland urban legends put to the test.


Wildfire expert Pat Durland drew upon his long career as a smoke jumper, wildland firefighter, policy maker, insurance consultant, and wildland fire educator to explain myth, truth, and a few, “it depends”.


Along with the myth testing, Pat explained why certain myths persist and how to balance prescriptive vs. performance standards when talking with residents at risk to wildfire.


The virtual workshop is now available online and we encourage you to share it with neighbors and colleagues alike.


Also, keep an eye on FireBreak in the coming months as 2017’s Firewise educational outreach is shared.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) facility in Richburg, SC to witness several fire experiments. This work is part of a Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) project investigating fire ember production from wildland and structural (construction material) fuels in the wildland and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). You can learn more about it at the project page: Fire Ember Production from Wildland and Structural Fuels.


It was a great opportunity to get back in the lab and participate with researchers as they work on an exciting project with excellent collaborators. Plus, it was a lot of fun (look at those smiles).


Steve Quarles (IBHS) and crew during final day of testing on fire ember production from wildland and structural fuels.

Corner-assembly burning during fire ember production experiments at IBHS.

Photos courtesy of IBHS Twitter: @disastersafety

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