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Panel Moderator: Timothy Reinhold, Ph.D., P.E., IBHS Senior Vice President of Research & Chief Engineer ...

Panel Moderator: Timothy Reinhold, Ph.D., P.E., IBHS Senior Vice President of Research & Chief Engineer
Panelists: Stephen Quarles, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension and IBHS Wildfire Consultant, and Timothy Smail, Program Lead for Resilient Programs, Savannah River National Laboratory

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  • Ember Threat •  Roof Covering –  Noncombustible Covering •  Debris free is the key –  Roof Lines (complex vs simple roof) –  Gutters –  Reentrant Corners •  Openings –  Vents, Garage Doors, Windows
  • Ember Exposures
  • Inspect and maintain (repair) bird stops
  • Debris underneath “gutter guard”
  • Ridge Soffit and Eave area Ember entry through vents Through-roof
  • Radiant and Direct Flame Contact Threat •  Vertical Wall –  Combustible siding and windows –  Potential interaction with other components on the wall (windows, eave, deck, etc.) •  Topography –  Slope –  Setback •  Fire spread to the building –  Fence, gazebos, etc. –  Vegetation management , continuity of fuels
  • Firewood pile ignited. Radiant exposure to side of house.
  • Looking  down  slope   from  the  deck  
  • Combustible Decking WPC, not 7A compliant 7A compliant
  • Fence attached to combustible siding
  • Can’t forget the area immediately next to the building
  • Thanks for your attention! Tim Reinhold, treinhold@ibhs.org, www.disastersafety.org Tim Smail, timothy.smail@srnl.doe.gov Steve Quarles, steve.quarles@berkeley.edu http://firecenter.berkeley.edu http://www.extension.org/surving_wildfire
  • Gazebo Detached Garage
  • Water staining on bottom of (wood plastic composite) deck boards Long term performance of joist and wood and joist hanger?
  • Flame and Radiant Exposures