Symposium 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

    Papers are invited for a Symposium 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 symposium will be held at the Marriott Anaheim in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of Committee.

    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.

    Papers are invited as part of this ASTM Symposium 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

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Abstract Submittal

    To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit online the Abstract Submittal Form and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than April 15, 2014. Scroll to the top of the page to "Go to Abstract Submittal Form". To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database system, please email stating that your abstract was submitted.

    The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. Symposium Co-Chairmen Samuel Manzello and Stephen Quarles will notify you via postal mail by June 18, 2014 of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


    Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors' instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than June 4, 2015 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost.

    ASTM publishes individual paper(s) in the online STP as they are finalized ASTM also publishes a printed book as a Selected Technical Papers (STP). (A minimum of ten papers is required for a printed STP.) Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

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