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A site-specific approach for assessing the fire risk to structures at the wildland/urban interface

Author(s): Jack D. Cohen
Year Published: 1991
Description:

The essence of the wildland/urban interface fire problem is the loss of homes. The problem is not new, but is becoming increasingly important as more homes with inadequate adherence to safety codes are built at the wildland/urban interface. Current regulatory codes are inflexible. Specifications for building and site characteristics cannot be adjusted to accommodate homeowner values. USDA Forest Service Fire Research is developing a wildland/urban fire interface ignition assessment model as an alternative to current fire safety codes. This model is based on an analytical (rather than statistical) assessment of structural characteristics, site characteristics, and fire severity conditions. The model will be capable of assessing ignition risk for individual structures, and thus will be capable of accommodating homeowner preferences as they affect fire safety.

Citation: Cohen, Jack D. 1991. A site-specific approach for assessing the fire risk to structures at the wildland/urban interface. In: Nodvin, Stephen C.; Waldrop, Thomas A., eds. Fire and the environment: ecological and cultural perspectives. Gen. Tech. Rep. SE-GTR-69. Asheville, NC: USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station. p. 252-256.
Topic(s): Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12423
FRAMES RCS number: 16135
Record updated: Mar 29, 2014