Navigation Links
Fireproofing homes dramatically reduces forest fire size, according to new study
Date:8/30/2007

A new study involving the University of Colorado at Boulder that modeled the spread of forest fires in Colorado and other western states indicates the size and intensity of fires is directly linked with the density and flammability of houses built in the so-called wildland-urban interface.

The study, which will be published in the Sept. 4 print edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that fireproofing houses in forests can dramatically reduce the size and spread of wildfires. Since houses are much more flammable per square yard than forests, homes that erupt in flames can propel forest fires to a critical intensity threshold much more quickly, said Patrick Bourgeron, a fellow at CU-Boulders Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and co-author of the study.

The study, which also involved UCLA Professor Michael Ghil and graduate student Vassilis Spyratos of the French university Ecole Normale Superieure, used computers to model the spread of fires in forest ecosystems in Colorado, Montana Utah, New Mexico, Washington and Wisconsin. The PNAS study is the first to systematically look at both houses and trees in forest fire scenarios, said Bourgeron.

The message here is that fireproofing homes not only preserves structures, but limits the size of forest fires, said Bourgeron. So fireproofing ones home not only protects the people that live in it, it also protects their neighbors and ultimately the forests.

Bourgeron said the U.S. government spends millions of dollars annually on forest thinning and the removal of excess fuel on the forest floor in an attempt to limit the size and intensity of forest fires. But if the growing number of homes built in this wildland-urban interface arent fireproofed, it is essentially a waste of money, he said.


'/>"/>
Contact: Patrick Bourgeron
patrick.bourgeron@colorado.edu
303-492-2841
University of Colorado at Boulder
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. New miniaturised chip dramatically reduces time taken for DNA analysis
2. Caloric restriction wont dramatically extend life span in humans: UCLA research
3. Hospitalizations because of chicken pox down dramatically since implementation of vaccine
4. Simple idea to dramatically improve dengue vaccinations
5. Lack of a key enzyme dramatically increases resistance to sepsis
6. Smoking ban dramatically reduces air pollution in Irish pubs
7. Growing nerve cells in 3-D dramatically affects gene expression
8. Male circumcision reduces risk of HIV transmission from women to men
9. Deficiency of growth hormone and IGF-1 reduces cancer and kidney disease, but creates other problems
10. New processing method reduces peanut allergenicity
11. Blocking the nerve receptor EP1 in mouse models reduces brain damage caused by stroke
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/6/2017)... -- RAM Group , Singaporean based technology ... biometric authentication based on a novel  quantum-state ... perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based on a ... Group and its partners. This sensor will have widespread ... security. Ram Group is a next generation sensor ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or the ... Annual Report on Form 10-K on Thursday April 13, 2017 with ... ... Relations section of the Company,s website at http://www.nxt-id.com  under "SEC ... . 2016 Year Highlights: Acquisition ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... offering. ... market to grow at a CAGR of 30.37% during the period ... has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs ... growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... The CRISPR-Cas9 system ... experiments and avoiding the use of exogenous expression plasmids. The simplicity of programming ... systematic gain-of-function studies. , This complement to loss-of-function studies, such as with ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ComplianceOnline’s Medical Device Summit ... 7th and 8th June 2018 in San Francisco, CA. The Summit brings together current ... several distinguished CEOs, board directors and government officials from around the world to address ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... BioMarketing, a leading provider of patient support solutions, has announced ... network, which will launch this week. The VMS CNEs will ... to enhance the patient care experience by delivering peer-to-peer education ... professionals to help women who have been diagnosed and are ... ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... ... Disappearing forests and increased emissions are the main causes of the evolving ... those living in larger cities are affected by air pollution related diseases. , That ... countries globally - decided to take action. , “I knew I had to take ...
Breaking Biology Technology: