The Fire Protection Research Foundation is working on a multi-phase project to study the environmental impact of fires.

Phase 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 of each.

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.

Ultimately, 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 protection.

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