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Wildfires: A Changing Landscape | GRI hosting workshop with the NFPA

How do wildfires increasingly affect communities, residents, economy and infrastructure?

This question will be tackled at a workshop hosted by The Global Resilience Institute (GRI) in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on June 29, 2017. The one-day event will feature experts from across the United States and Canada.

“The United States and Canada experienced multiple, large wildfires in 2016. These events included the devastation of Fort McMurray, Canada and a particularly intense fire in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park that partially destroyed Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The 2016 fire season provides unfortunate but striking examples of the potential evolution of the wildfire landscape in the United States.” -GRI

As part of its ongoing post-disaster and disruptive assessments program funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, GRI has completed an initial study on wildlands fires. The study lays out lessons learned from recent wildland fire events and proposes recommendations for stakeholders at all levels to better cope with and build resilience to emerging wildfire threats.

According to data from the NFPA, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres in the U.S. over the last decade.
[Photo: FEMA/Jana Baldwin]
A draft of the GRI study will be provided at the workshop.

During the workshop, participants will discuss issues such as how to advance greater awareness, as well as what coordination and collaboration is necessary for public and private sector efforts to mitigate, respond to, and recover from these risks.

According to data from the NFPA, wildfires have burned over 80 million acres in the U.S. over the last decade.

“A total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires in 2016, including more than 3,000 homes and more than 70 commercial buildings,” states. “Tennessee accounted for the highest number of structures lost in one state in 2016 with more than 2,000 residences and 53 commercial structures destroyed; California was second with 754 residences and 12 commercial structures destroyed.”


About the GRI:
The Global Resilience Institute ( is leading a university-wide interdisciplinary effort to advance resilience-related initiatives that contribute to the security, sustainability, health and well-being of societies. Our objective is to help advance preparedness at multiple levels to effectively respond to slowly emerging disruptions and sudden disasters, both human-made and naturally-occurring.

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