Firewise Building Practices

The following information can be found on the Wildland Urban Interface Home Ignition Research page on the Firewise website.  Follow these links to find more in depth information on why some homes burn during wildfire.

  • Jack D. Cohen, Research Physical Fire Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Jack D. Cohen is a Research Physical Fire Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. Cohen is the pre-eminent researcher on wildfire and home ignitions, and a founder of the Firewise Communities/USA recognition program. Jack coined the concept and phrase “home ignition zone”. Read his papers on preventing home loss disasters during wildfire, and review his post-fire examinations of home destruction.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a non-regulatory agency and part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its scientists have studied wildland/urban interface fire issues for several decades.
  The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety is dedicated to reducing the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting scientific research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.
A very detailed and useful publication on Firewise building practices.  The mission of the UC Berkeley Center for Fire Research and Outreach is to provide a forum for coordination on emerging research and tools regarding wildland fire in California.

For more information please contact MKWC in Orleans, CA at 530 627 3202