The Earth's changing climate (2012 was the warmest year on record in the contigous U.S.) is having a dangerous impact on wildfires; according to the National Research Council, for every degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of temperature increase, the size of the area burned in the western U.S. could quadruple.
As more acres burn, more communities may experience wildfire threats. Addressing this concern, NFPA has been working with land-use planners and others with a stake in development to address these risks. NFPA Journal columnist Molly Mowery highlights these endeavors in the latest issue, including a recent NFPA report that lists best practices addressing wildfire risk at the community, neighborhood/subdivision, individual property, and structural levels.
"These and other NFPA resources...provide needed guidance on how to address development in a way that better prepares us for climate change and wildfire risk," says Mowery in the May/June edition of Journal.
Check out these wildfire resources at NFPA's Firewise website. (Click on the "designers/developers" box.)