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WUI Webinar Series 2016

Land use planning to reduce wildfire risk: Lessons from 5 western cities

July 14th @ 11AM Pacific (PST)
Dr. Kimiko Barrett, Headwaters Economics

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In the American West, wildfire risk to life and property is accelerating as a result of development trends favoring the region’s Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Moreover, extended droughts, unseasonably warm temperatures, and other climate-induced impacts are influencing the frequency and size of wildfires. In response, a number of cities in the West who have been repeatedly threatened by wildfires, are reducing wildfire risk through unique land use planning strategies. In identifying the most effective land use planning measures, we profiled five urban areas across the region, including Austin (Texas), Boulder (Colorado), Flagstaff (Arizona), San Diego (California), and Santa Fe (New Mexico). Examples of the most compelling land use planning tools will be summarized in this webinar and provide an opportunity for others to learn how urban areas in the West are increasingly becoming wildfire-adapted communities.


About the presenter:
Kimiko (Kimi) was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Growing up in southwest Montana and adjacent to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) nurtured a deep passion for the outdoors and rural places. As such, her graduate work focused on the environmental sciences, where she received her M.Sc in Geography from Montana State University and her doctorate in Forestry and Conservation Sciences from University of Montana. Kimi specializes in mountain ecosystems and rural community development, particularly with respect to climate change, water insecurities, and hazard vulnerabilities. Her work with Headwaters Economics, a non-profit research and policy think tank based in Bozeman, involves improving local adaptive capacities to wildfire risk through land use planning and risk management. When she’s not working, Kimi is enjoys downhill and backcountry skiing, mountain biking, trail running, reading maps, and picking huckleberries. 

Web links:
View Headwaters Economics Homepage >
View Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire website >
View Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk Report >
View Communities Threatened by Wildfire Interactive Map (2000-2014) >


Past Webinars:

Valley Fire Case Study & Lessons Learned
April 21, 2016 @ 11 AM
Linda Green, Division Chief
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

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Webinar Description

This webinar, provided by the Incident Commander on the event, will provide an overview of the 2015 Valley Fire, which destroyed almost 2000 structures as it burned across 76,000 acres in the CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit. Chief Green will speak to the circumstances surrounding the incident including the extreme fire behavior experienced, operational considerations, and residential evacuation. She will also discuss the lessons learned on the incident that could help prevent such devastation during future fire events.

Changing risk in three differing SoCal communities: A GIS-based approach
March 3rd, 2016 @11AM PST
Nicola Leyshon, Oklahoma State University, School of Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology

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Waldo Fire (Colorado) Case Study & Lessons Learned
February 4th, 2016 @ 11AM
Alex Maranghides - Fire Research Division of the National Institute of Standards & Technology

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Maranghides, A., McNamara, D., Vihnanek, R., Rstaino, J., and Leland, C. A Case Study of a Community Affected by the Waldo Fire Event Timeline and Defensive Actions. View PDF>