Wildland Firefighting: Wildfire News NIST and Forest Service Create World's First Hazard Scale for Wildland Fires

12/05/2012
Two federal agencies have teamed to create the first-ever system for linking accurate assessments of risk from wildland fires to improved building codes, standards, and practices that will help communities better resist the threat. The proposed Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Hazard Scale addresses fires that occur where developed and undeveloped areas meet, and is described in a report* released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's U.S. Forest Service (USFS). "Structures in areas susceptible to other natural hazards, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados, can ...

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