NFPA Journal columnist addresses fire adapted communities

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Jul 23, 2012

ResidentialCarousel.ashxIn her latest NFPA Journal column, "Adapt or Burn," Molly Mowery notes that Forest Service researchers estimate that more than 44 million homes in the United States are located in fire-prone wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas, and this number is expected to climb. Budget cuts, droughts, and expanding suburban development will put "significant strain" on communities in such areas there is a change in current trends.

"Fortunately, national agencies have begun taking serious action to correct this course," she says. A case in point: over the past several years, the U.S. Forest Service has been promoting the idea of fire-adapted communities in areas likely to suffer from wildland fires. "As our community leaders continue to promote sustainability agendas," Molly says, 'We should remind them that addressing wildfire from a Fire Adapted Communities approach is part of a long-term solution for 21st century WUI communities. 

Read Molly's column online or turn to page 46 in your latest issue of NFPA Journal.

—Kathleen Robinson