The January/February 2012 issue of NFPA Journal® includes the debut of "Wildfire Watch," a new regular column on wildfire issues written by Molly Mowery, program manager for the Fire Adapted Communities project and international outreach efforts in NFPA's Wildland Fire Operations Division. We're very pleased to have Molly working with us as a regular contributor, and we look forward to seeing her dispatches in the months to come. Here's a snippet from this issue's column:
"The past year of wildfires was devastating. The life and property losses throughout the United States and Canada were of historic proportions — Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona all experienced their largest wildfires on record — and the road to recovery for affected communities will require resources and patience. I recently toured Slave Lake in Alberta, Canada (pictured), where more than 400 structures were lost to wildfire last May in one of the costliest disasters in Canadian history. Experts estimate that rebuilding will cost $1 billion and take more than five years.
"As public awareness of the wildfire problem grows, so does our responsibility at NFPA to take action. In October, NFPA Journal published a special issue dedicated to wildland fire, and the magazine recently asked me to write a regular column on the topic, one intended to bring you the latest buzz from the field and insights into our work at NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division. It is with excitement and optimism that I write this first column."