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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
Recent Activity
It will been 9 summers since I was last in the Orleans area working as a wildland firefighter/ground thumper on the Six Rivers National Forest. This summer assignment sticks out in my mind for a number of reasons: (1) the beauty and ruggedness of the landscape (2) the perilous nature... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
Alison Green the Project Wildfire Program Director and member of the Fire Adapted Learning Network forwarded me this interesting mini-documentary on the Two Bulls Fire and the need for defensible space and home hardening as Bend, Oregon expands into the forests that surround this beautiful city. Project Wildfire is one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Firewise communities map has been updated to include California and Texas community boundaries. To activate the boundary layers click on the layers link in the orange ribbon above the map. Check the below map to see whether or not you are located within one of these Firewise Communities/USA sites.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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This past week I had the opportunity to participate in the Large Fires Conference in Missoula, Montana. The conference was a joint effort of the International Association of Wildland Fire and the Association for Fire Ecology. More than 600 wildfire experts from around the globe - New Zealand, Australia, Scotland,... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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Two helpful wildfire preparedness tips sheets were recently published by the U.S. Fire Administration. The first one revisits some Firewise Principles and the second is a closer look at personal/family evacuation planning. In addition to these very important actions, one also need to begin thinking about their home in relation... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a 2 day Firewise Principles workshop to a bunch of fire professionals and community leaders at the Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center at the McClellan Business Park in Sacramento California. During the course of the second day I... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
The Firewise communities map has been updated. As of today there are 1,050 nationally recognized Firewise Communities/USA® sites impacting 1.3 million people in 41 States. View Larger Map Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
20 States represented on the Communty Events map. South Dakota tops the table with 11 events scheduled for tomorrow. California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington all having 8 events; Texas 7; Florida 5; Nebraska and Georgia 3; Nevada, Hawaii and Montana 2 and; Arizona, Idaho, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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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
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Fire Break – Wildfire Safety Blog
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