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Wildland/Urban Fire - A different approach
"Wildland-urban fire emergency strategy and tactics differ from either the standard wildland or the standard urban fire suppression practices. Wildland fire suppression largely attempts to keep a fire from spreading beyond its current location. That is, keeping the wildfire away from a valued area protects the values at risk. Urban fire suppression initially addresses life safety (principally building occupants) and then fire containment within a portion of the structure and/or prevents adjacent structure involvement. Neither of the wildland nor the urban suppression practices typically provide for home ignition potential reduction given an encroaching wildfire.
Wildland-urban strategy and tactics assume the wildfire may pass through the residential area without wildfire containment. The wildland-urban strategy and tactics principally focus on preparing the home for the wildfire by reducing the potential for home ignition within the home ignition zone." - Jack Cohen, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, USDA Forest Service
Firewise: Understanding Fire Behavior in the Wildland/Urban Interface
Firewise Pt. 1: Understanding Fire Behavior in the WUI
Course topics include: Structural vs. Wildland Fire Operations; Methods of Heat Transfer; Fuel Types and Effects; Fuel Arrangement and Effects; Weather Effects: Temperature & Humidity; Weather Effects: Wind; Fire Weather Information; Effects of Topography: Aspect and Slope; Effects of Topography: Canyons and Ridges;
Fire Spotting; and Extreme Fire Behavior
Firewise: Structure Protection Strategies
Firewise Pt. 2: Structure Protection Strategies
As more homes are built in wildland/urban interface areas, the situation becomes more complicated, especially when homeowners are operating under false expectations about the nature of structure protection in wildland/urban interface fires. Topics in this section of the course include: Planning During the Off Season; Controlling Wildfire vs. Protecting Homes; Command Decision: Offense or Defense; The Incident Command System; Developing an Action Plan; Plan for Communications; Structure Triage; and Abandon the Structure