A special two-part feature package on wildfire headlines the November/December issue of NFPA Journal: a big-picture look at the 2015 wildfire season, and a report on a groundbreaking study on the role of local fire departments in combating wildfire. The new issue of NFPA Journal is available online now.
Our cover story, "Scorched Earth," details six big takeaways from the ongoing 2015 wildfire season, from the number of acres burned nationwide (which is closing in on a record) to the budget challenges faced by the U.S. Forest Service as a result of its wildfire-related work—this year, for the first time, more than half of the Forest Service's budget was devoted in some way to addressing wildfire, with suppression being a major component.
Our second wildfire feature, "Local Focus," reports on a groundbreaking study recently completed by NFPA that details the challenges faced by local fire departments in fighting wildfire. The study is based on interviews with fire chiefs across the country, and their first-hand accounts—unvarnished, honest, and always valuable—describe what's working, what's not, the resources they have, and the resources they need to get the job done. It's a fascinating and timely look at the nation's fire service as it takes on an ever-larger role addressing the threat of wildfire.
Other wildfire coverage in the issue includes an "In A Flash" piece on animals killed or injured in the recent California wildfires, and a "Perspectives" interview with Jack Cohen, a noted wildfire researcher, on new work that may help us understand how—and ultimately where—wildfire spreads. In his "Wildfire Watch" column, contributor Lucian Deaton explores the importance of social behavior research in wildfire science.
Our focus theme for the issue is sprinklers and alarms, and our feature entry, "Southern Comfort," is the story of how sprinklers were included in a large single-family residential development in South Carolina. The tale comes to us directly from the project's developer, Russ Davis, a featured speaker at an NFPA sprinkler summit held in May.
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