Workshop on Structure Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

    Dates: Thursday June 18 2015 - Friday June 19 2015

    Location: Marriott Anaheim Anaheim, CA

    Sponsored by: E05 Fire Standards

    Deadline for Abstract Submittal: Tuesday July 08 2014


    About the Event

    Presentations are invited for a Workshop on Structure Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires to be held June 18-19, 2015. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards, the workshop will be held at the Marriott Anaheim in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of Committee.

    Objective
    Wildfires that spread into communities, commonly referred to as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, are a significant problem in Australia, Europe and the United States. WUI fire spread is extraordinarily challenging and presents an emerging problem in fire safety science. While it is accepted that WUI fires are an important societal problem, little understanding exists on how to contain and mitigate the hazard associated with such fires. From a simple point of view, the WUI fire problem can be seen as a structure ignition problem. Some building codes and standards already exist to guide construction of new structures in areas known to be prone to WUI fires in order to reduce the risk of structural ignition. These codes and standards have been developed based on best information at the time they were developed. Often this information was anecdotal. Based on current research, are these current codes and standards adequate? Proven, scientifically based retrofitting strategies are required for homes located in areas prone to such fires.

    Presentations are invited as part of this ASTM Workshop devoted to the state of the art in WUI fire research. Of particular interest are research studies (post-fire/case studies, experimental, numerical) that may provide the scientific basis for cost-effective building codes/standards as well as retrofit strategies to reduce the number of structures lost in these fires. These could include:

    • Post-Fire/Case Studies
    • Experimental Structure Ignition and Ember (Firebrand) Accumulation Studies
    • WUI Exposure Computer Modeling Studies, including hazard and risk models
    • Studies Evaluating Mitigation Strategies
    • Statistical Studies of Wildfire Incident Data

    HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

    Please email your title and abstract (limit 300 words) to Samuel Manzello (samuelm@nist.gov) by January 20, 2015.

    The language of the workshop will be English.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairmen Samuel Manzello, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, e-mail: samuelm@nist.gov, tel: 301-975-6891and Stephen Quarles, Insurance Inst for Business & Home Safety, Richburg, SC, e-mail: squarles@ibhs.org, tel: 803-789-4209.