Wildfire Solutions through Science

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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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Wildfire Solutions through Science

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Ember Exposures
  3. 3. Inspect and maintain (repair) bird stops
  4. 4. Debris underneath “gutter guard”
  5. 5. Ridge Soffit and Eave area Ember entry through vents Through-roof
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Firewood pile ignited. Radiant exposure to side of house.
  8. 8. Looking  down  slope   from  the  deck  
  9. 9. Combustible Decking WPC, not 7A compliant 7A compliant
  10. 10. Fence attached to combustible siding
  11. 11. Can’t forget the area immediately next to the building
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. Gazebo Detached Garage
  14. 14. Water staining on bottom of (wood plastic composite) deck boards Long term performance of joist and wood and joist hanger?
  15. 15. Flame and Radiant Exposures

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