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Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire Training

The Kansas Forest Service is offering a free, two-day training on November 28 and 29 in Hutchinson, Kansas, that will prepare individuals to identify wildland fire risks to structures and confidently recommend effective safety measures to property owners.

Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire training is delivered by experienced wildland fire specialists with the National Fire Protection Association. The training is limited to the first 40 registrants. Register online at or by calling the KFS state office 785-532-3300.

This training is suggested for firefighters and anyone offering advice or guidance on mitigation of fire risk to residential structures. The training would also be beneficial for fire prevention officers, wildfire mitigation specialists, insurance professionals, Firewise or wildland/urban interface coordinators, and private and urban foresters. Earn 1.4 CEUs with completion of the two-day course. CFE’s from The Society of American Foresters can also be requested

This interactive, NFPA® Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day classroom training is based on fire science research into how homes and other structures ignite during wildfires and covers wildfire behavior, structure exposure, and the concept of the Home Ignition Zone. You’ll learn how to analyze wildfire risks to structures and provide actionable advice to property owners through an activity-rich curriculum.

In a learning environment that encourages discussion and interaction, sessions are taught by wildland fire specialists who understand how and why homes and communities are destroyed during wildfire events and the simple things that residents can do to minimize property loss.

The Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day classroom training offers a Certificate of Educational Achievement available through an online exam taken after the course. Earn the Certificate to demonstrate proficiency in your understanding of classroom training topics.

Upon completion you should be able to:

- Explain major issues that contribute to wildland/urban fire losses in the United States.
- Describe the general characteristics of wildland/urban development.
- Identify the three primary sources of heat from a wildland fire that result in the ignition of exposed structures.
- Identify environmental and construction hazards that place structures at risk when exposed to a   wildland fire.
- Describe the role of the Ignition Zone concept in reducing wildfire disasters.
- Analyze a given structure to identify its risk of ignition when exposed to a wildfire.
- Develop mitigation recommendations for homeowner/occupant action prior to a wildfire emergency.
- Communicate mitigation recommendations to the homeowner/occupant.

For more information or questions, contact Jason Hartman at or 785-532-3316.