Shutting The World’s Fire Down Faster Has A New Priority With Covid-19
So As Things Open Up Are We Ready To Look At How We Defend Ourselves From The Loss And Impact Of All Types Of Fires That Are Interrupting Our Ability To Create A True Renewable Sustainable Future
Fighting Wild Fires And Lumber Built Building Fires Can Be Defended Better Now Today If We Are Open To Embracing New Proactive Applied Fire Science For Both.
As we all watched the radical wild fires burning all around the world last year as they consumed forests and housing structures we continue to watch fire beat our ability to win and shut them down. Now that smoke filled poor air quality has new meaning with this Covid-19 pandemic that attacks the lungs has new meaning are we ready to admit we have to change.
California’s ability to prepare for a dry and potentially dangerous fire season this year is being crippled as the coronavirus pandemic prompts fire agencies across the West to cancel or delay programs aimed at preventing catastrophic wildfire.
Are the Feds, Fire Departments, Buildings Industry and Architects ready to embrace and enforce new proactive applied fire science? We can not continue to let forest fires burn for months by just throwing more and more labor at them the loss records speaks to the fact that we need to embrace change. In todays high density wood framed stick framed and now mass timber we have to recognize that arson attacks are accelerating and we have to defend those structures better. When we add up the amount of houses lost in the last 3 years from wild fires we have to embrace new ways to harden homes along with new ways to defend them from a wild fires ability to consume entire communities.
Wild Fire and Buildings Fire Smoke Will Hurt Human During The Covid-19 Pandemic
Forest fire emissions are a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2), not only affecting its interannual variability but also biogeochemical cycles with consequences for climate. Carbon monoxide, released by incomplete combustion and with an atmospheric lifetime of a few months, influences the atmospheric composition on the regional and global scale, through depletion of the main atmospheric oxidant, the OH radical. Nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and black carbon (BC – component of light absorbing aerosols) can produce tropospheric ozone and particles, thus contributing to air pollution and climate effects. At the same time, aerobic soils may act as a sink for other important greenhouse gas such as methane (CH4), and fire might even increase the uptake of CH4 on these soils. Therefore, forest fire activity strongly affects air pollution, atmospheric composition and climate. Climate change also effects forest fires, as high temperatures and extensive drought have an impact on the flammability of vegetation. Predictions show that fire seasons will be more severe in the future, posing a serious threat to ecosystems and human society. Although efforts have been conducted over the past years to assess the impact of forest fires through observational and modelling approaches, more insights are needed in order to understand their effects and develop strategies to mitigate them.