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Summary of Workshop Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment

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Author(s)

Samuel L. Manzello, Raphaele Blanchi, Michael Gollner, Sara McAllister, Eulalia Planas, Elsa Pastor, Pedro Reszka, Sayaka Suzuki, Daniel Gorham

Abstract

Large outdoor fires present a risk to the built environment. Wildfires that spread into communities, referred to as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, have destroyed communities throughout the world, and are an emerging problem in fire safety science. Another example are large urban fires including those that have occurred after earthquakes. Research into large outdoor fires, and how to potentially mitigate the loss of structures in such fires, is behind other areas of fire safety science research. At the same time, common characteristics between fire spread in WUI fires and urban fires have not been fully exploited. In this paper, an overview of the large outdoor fire risk to the built environment from each region is presented. Critical research needs for this problem in the context of fire safety science are provided. The present paper seeks to develop the foundation for an international research needs roadmap to reduce the risk of large outdoor fires to the built environment.
Citation
Fire Safety Journal
Volume
100

Keywords

Large Outdoor Fires, Wildland Fires, WUI Fires, Urban Fires

Citation

Manzello, S. , Blanchi, R. , Gollner, M. , McAllister, S. , Planas, E. , Pastor, E. , Reszka, P. , Suzuki, S. and Gorham, D. (2018), Summary of Workshop Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment, Fire Safety Journal, [online], https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2018.07.002 (Accessed June 15, 2024)

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Created August 3, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018