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Below are URL’s links from National Firewise and several states that have comprehensive Firewise information from Landscaping, Defensible Space, Tips and Suggestions, Preparing for Wildfires , Safety and Evacuation information, etc. We highly recommend both the Virginia and Wisconsin sites for their ease of use and thoroughness covering all of the aforementioned Firewise subjects.

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Assessing Home Ignition Potential in the Wildland/Urban Interface

Jack Cohen, Research Physical Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Steve Quarles, PhD, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. This presentation was made at the Backyards and Beyond Firewise Conference in Denver of October 2011.

The Wildfire Ignition Resistant Home Design project has developed software (Structure Ignition Assessment Model, SIAM) for assessing home ignition potential during extreme wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires. This software is based on research findings from modeling, experiments and actual disaster examinations. SIAM addresses the home ignition zone (HIZ) – the home in relation to its immediate surroundings that principally determines home ignition potential during extreme wildfires.

Recent experiments at the Insurance Institute for Building & Home Safety (IBHS) Research Center have supported current SIAM development. The unique IBHS facility allowed us to conduct full scale exposures of house designs and materials to firebrand ‘blizzards.’ Attendees will hear how these experiments have provided insights as to how homes can ignite without direct wildfire heating, an important aspect of WUI fire disasters. In addition, the presentation will discuss how radiant panel and flame heating experiments have further defined ignition and window breakage for improving and validating SIAM.

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Wildfire Ignition Resistant Home Design


Cassy Robinson, Mechanical Engineer, of the Research & Development Engineering Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory. This presentation was made at the Backyards and Beyond Firewise Conference in Denver of October 2011.

Cassy presented the Wildfire Ignition Resistant Home Design (WIRHD) WILD FIRE WIZARD program, a science-based solution that provides community developers and homeowners the ability to assess and understand fire risks due to a nearby wildfire at the B & B Conference in October 2011.

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Click here for the WIRHD WILD FIRE WIZARD.