The aftermath of January's Adelaide Hills fires in Australia.
In the United States, wildfire season hits when the weather becomes warm and dry. We don't think of January as a particularly troubling month. It's easy to forget that, no matter the time of the year, it's wildfire season somewhere, writes NFPA Firewise Communities manager Lucian Deaton in his new column in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal.
In fact, while the United States was in a deep freeze, 2015 kicked off with a a big 31,000-acre wildfire that destroyed 27 homes and damaged 130 outbuildings in Australia.
"The Australian fires made me think of the often-raised concern over 'Americanizing' the wildfire issue, and the risk of improperly viewing international connections as simply an avenue for bringing solutions to others," Deaton writes in the column. "I believe international outreach is not a matter of what 'they' can learn from 'us,' but rather an opportunity to leverage the ability to create positive conversation, one that teaches NFPA valuable lessons that can enrich its programs, messaging, and standards."