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Wildland –Urban Interface Fire Group


Develops, advances, and deploysmeasurement science to reduce risk of fire spread in wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities.  Carries outmission-related measurement science research and services to develop risk exposure metrics; predict spread of fires in WUI communities; assess fire performance of structures and communities; mitigate effects of WUI fires on structures and communities; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce risk of fire hazard in WUI communities.


WUI Building and Fire Codes and Standards Project—Although over 46 million residential structures in the United States are in areas of risk of wildfires, building and fire codes and standards do not provide the same resiliency for structures in …

WUI Fire Data Collection and Exposure Modeling Project—The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is defined as the location where structures and communities meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland. In the U.S., over 46 million homes in over 70,000 …

Reduced Ignition of Building Components in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires Project—Over 46 million homes in 70,000 communities are at risk of Wildland-Urban Interface fires, which has destroyed an average of 3000 structures annually over the last decade and is rapidly growing1, …

Fire Risk Reduction in Communities Program—The objective of the Fire Risk Reduction in Communities Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science to improve the resilience of communities and structures to unwanted fires …

NIST's Firebrand Generator (also known as the "Dragon") produces showers of burning embers—or firebrands. Ingesting wood chips and exhaling firebrands, the novel equipment is used in research to better understand the behavior of wildfires that spread to communities.
North Texas Wildfires Spark Historic Federal-State Collaborative Study

General Information:

Nelson Bryner Group Leader
301 975 6868 Telephone

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8660
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8660