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Hylton Haynes
Quincy, MA
Associate Project Manager
Interests: Wildland Fire, Wildland-Urban Interface, Firewise Communities/USA Program, Firewise Program, Community Outreach, Firewise Principles, Wildland-Urban Interface Codes & Standards, Geographic Information Systems, Wildland Fire Data Reporting, Firewise Principles, WUI regulations
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Click on the above image to learn more. Additionally, here are two other resources available to the public: http://www.fireadapted.org/ ; http://facnetwork.org/ Continue reading
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The National Strategy: The Final Phase of the Development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy policy document was released late last week. This effort represents the culmination of a collaborative effort by Federal, state, local and tribal governments, non-governmental partners and public stakeholders. This report provides the strategic... Continue reading
The Firewise Communities Map has been updated with the latest active Firewise Communities [1028] and Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network pilot sites [18]. Ready, Set, Go! data will be made available within the next couple of weeks. View Larger Map Please contact me (hhaynes@nfpa.org or 617-984-7449) if you are having... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The U.S. Fire Administration recently published this helpful document on Fire Adapted Communities. For addional information on wildland fire strategies visit this FEMA webpage. Related articles Residential fire risks: How safe are you? Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
View Larger Map Put your community event on the map. Share your community project by visiting this webpage. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The U.S. Fire Adminstration recently published a wildland urban interface terminology sheet that includes the following helpful definitions: Community Wildfire Protection Plan, Defensible Space, Fire-Adapted Communities, Hazard Reduction, Home Assessment, Preparedness, Wildland Fire and Wildland Urban Interface. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The community of Jester Estates, located in Austin, TX, was recently recognized for becoming a Firewise Community in 2013. Nick Harrison, Firewise Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service made the presentation. The community was provided with the NFPA Firewise Communities Plaque, Firewise street signs and a framed Texas Firewise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
View Larger Map Currently there are 13 out of the a possible 84 project sites listed on this map. Show your community pride - share your project and get your project on the map. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
View Larger Map Share your project and get added to the map. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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In follow up to my colleague – Michele Steinberg’s recent blog “Crazy numbers? Wildfire reporting isn’t as easy as it might seem” a remarkable piece of research addressing this matter has recently been published. Dr. Karen Short a research ecologist with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station –... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Annie Schmidt, Director of the Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition [one of the eight Fire Adapted Learning Network pilot sites] recently created this interactive which represents "growing" a fire adapted community from core concepts. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Demonstrate your commitment to wildfire preparedness by adding your May 3 project to the nationwide event map. It’s easy to do and in less than two minutes you’ll be able to proudly share your community’s project. Join others throughout the nation making their communities a safer place! Image 1: Locations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
When one thinks of Israel, one typically thinks of a small country with desert landscapes, however each year, an average of 1,000 fires occur in Jewish National Fund forests throughout Israel, affecting about 9,000 acres of land. In Israel, there are 400,560 acres of forestland, making up just over 7%... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Jonathan Bruno of the Coalition of the Upper South Platte [one of the eight Fire Adapted Learning Network Hubs] shared this newly launched natural resources grants and assistance database website developed by the Colorado State Forest Service with me recently. The nice thing about the database is the use of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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I highly recommend any WUI professional or homeowner to review this interesting research paper. This thought provoking research paper presents a pathway to 'effective and efficient' action and breaks down the wildfire paradox versus perpetuating it. This research paper is extremely helpful in defining a decision-making process that is specific... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Children, technology, Lego® and one of the Fire Adapted Learning Network hubs in Leavenworth, Washington [Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition] converge to create a wonderful three minute YouTube video "Hey Guys, Be Firewise". The Val's Robotic Club from the Valley Academy of Learning are participating in this years First Lego League... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Austin Fire Department (AFD) is demonstrating great leadership in proactively assisting neighborhoods in Austin. Justice Jones (Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist, AFD) forwarded me this news clip demonstrating some of this great work. Over the past 2 years the AFD has taken progressive steps to create and establish a Wildfire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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It's January 2014 and the Firewise Challenge has officially come to a close! Thanks to all of the communities who renewed their status and welcome to the communities that are new to the program in 2013. We know everyone is excited to learn who won the challenge so stay tuned... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety published an interesting video demonstrating one of the many wildland-urban interface research projects they are actively working on. Related articles IBHS dispels myths about residential fire sprinklers Lessons from Waldo Canyon: Wildfire Preparedness Tips for Denver Homeowners Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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One final update to go - Current Leaderboard: Arkansas Washington California New Jersey Pennsylvania As of this morning, there are 1028 active Firewise communities. 2013 year-to-date there have been 686 renewals and 120 newly recognized communities. This means there are 222 outstanding Firewise Communities that need to renew in order... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Leaderboard Update: Arkansas Colorado Washington New Jersey Tennessee As of this morning, there are 1028 active Firewise communities. 2013 year-to-date there have been 658 renewals and 119 newly recognized communities. This means there are 251 outstanding Firewise Communities that need to renew in order to maintain their recognition status through... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
To learn more about this fundamental research please see a recording of a webinar that was put on by the California Fire Science Consortium:"Experimentally Simulating Wind-Driven Firebrand Showers in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires," by Sam Manzello of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Okmulgee Agency and Eastern Oklahoma Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) recently produced "A Return to Tradition," YouTube video which explores the historical use and importance of "good' fire and its importance in the management of local fire adapted ecosystems and fire adapted communities. The video looks at current... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
This past Backyards and Beyond Conference in Salt Lake City, I had the good fortune to meet up with Cathi Kramer the Horseshoe Lake Firewise Coordinator from Alaska. It had been more than a year since I was last in her ‘neck of the woods’ celebrating her community's 5th year... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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The USDA Forest Service is currently offering a "Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation" webinar series for natural resource professionals, land use planners, private landowners and others to learn from experts about issues facing our open lands. In Session #19: Community Wildfire Protection Planning; three experts discuss how wildfires... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog