Webinar from the National Fire Protection Association Will Educate on Wildfire Mitigation for Buildings and Communities

Webinar from the National Fire Protection Association Will Educate on Wildfire Mitigation for Buildings and Communities

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Michele Steinberg, NFPA Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager


Green Builder Media

Firewise Communities

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Resilient Housing

CONTENT: Press Release

SEATTLE, July 31, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Green Builder Media will host a webinar presented by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 11am PT / 2pm ET.

Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager, will discuss concepts and techniques around siting, designing, building and maintaining homes and neighborhoods to resist ignition from wildland fire. She will also explain how Firewise techniques can help reduce exposure to wildfire threat.

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters.

The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that wildfire seasons are increasing in length and intensity. In fact, a recent study published in Nature Communications indicates that there is “a significant lengthening of fire weather seasons across 25.3 percent of the planet's vegetated lands, leading to the elevation of mean fire season duration by up to 18.7 percent.” Furthermore, “the locations, which have become prone to burning due to the long periods of fire weather, also increased by 108.1 percent.”

“Research has shown that well-built homes and well-designed landscapes are much more likely to survive a wildfire,” said Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s wildland fire operations division manager. “The building and design community has a lot to offer in helping solve the challenge of home destruction in a wildfire, and that’s why NFPA is pleased to present this webinar and work closely with Green Builder Media and its audience to raise awareness about the importance of wildfire safety and mitigation.”

The need to increase public awareness, enhance fire related codes and policies, develop effective risk mitigation strategies, and create comprehensive Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) is essential. Land owners, communities, and businesses that are already located in wildfire-prone areas will need to invest in fireproofing measures. Municipalities will need to plan on assuming firefighting costs and making better—and sometimes difficult—planning and zoning decisions in high risk areas.

Register for this free webinar here.


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About the National Fire Protection Association

Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. www.nfpa.org

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