Postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
The ‘Large Outdoor Fires & the Built Environment’ or LOF&BE working group, sponsored by the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) is attempting to address problems with key phenomenological shared characteristics relevant to urban fires, wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires, wildland fires, and informal settlement fires. The LOF&BE permanent working group consists of three subgroups, prioritized into the following topics:
- Ignition Resistant Communities (IRC)
- Emergency Management and Evacuation (EME)
- Large Outdoor Firefighting (LOFF)
The IRC subgroup is being co-led by Daniel Gorham (IBHS, USA) and David Rush (UoE, UK). The EME group is being co-led by Maria Theodori (Reax Engineering, USA) and Sayaka Suzuki (NRIFD, Japan). The LOFF subgroup is being led by Len Garis (UFV, Canada), Brian Lattimer (Virginia Tech, USA), and Xinyan Huang (HKPolyU, China).
The overall objectives are to bring the full depth of knowledge of the IAFSS community to work on these priority topics. In this workshop, we will present why large outdoor fires are the important issue in the world, what this working group is doing about it, and what our progress is so far.