Smoke from a distant wildfire hangs in the sky in early September near Bastrop, Texas. The 2011 fire season has been marked by some of the largest wildfires on record, underscoring NFPA’s varied efforts to address the wildfire problem at home and abroad. (Photograph: AP Wideworld/Eric Gay)
One evening in April, Ed Brown and his wife, Val Hall, left their Fort Collins, Colorado, home as wildfire approached and drove to the safety of a friend’s house. From there, they could see thick black smoke emanating from nearby Crystal Mountain and hear propane tanks exploding in the distance. They returned home the next morning to discover their house was the only one in the neighborhood not impacted by wildfire, which destroyed 13 homes and burned nearly 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares).
Read "Working Together", the cover story of our bonus issue of NFPA Journal®, which looks at new research on brush, grass and forest fires, the effectiveness of codes and standards on wildfire issues, and environmental factors that affect wildfires.