The Fire Protection Research Foundation is working on a multi-phase project to study the environmental impact of fires.
one of the Environmental Impact of Fire project was recently completed.
It serves as a gap analysis/literature review that documents the data
and methodologies currently available to measure environmental impact of
fires primarily in structures, but looks at Wildland Urban Interface
(WUI) fires as well. The report also reviews cost-benefit, risk-based,
and lifecycle methodologies, examining the advantages and disadvantages
Phase two of the project
will start to fill knowledge gaps, while the project’s final goal is to
quantify the actual environmental impact of a single fire, as well as
fires over a period of time.
the findings will help better quantify the immediate and direct costs
of fire, providing a metric for understanding the social and economic
impact of fire and for assessing progress in fire prevention and
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