Molly Mowery, NFPA's program manager for Fire Adapted Communities and International Outreach, was co-hosting a study tour in Colorado with a group of Russian delegates when the Waldo Canyon Fire--the costliest fire in the state's history--spread into Colorado Springs' neighborhoods. The fire left an unfortunate mark on the city; two people died and nearly 400 homes were destroyed or damaged.
During the fire, the Russians posed a tough question to Mowery: "Why does the U.S. continue to lose so many homes in spite of all the good mitigation efforts?" Mowery addresses this question in the latest edition of NFPA Journal. "What I ended up telling them was, despite increasing risk factors, there are many positive success stories from local, state, and federal agencies around the country that showcase when mitigation works," she states in her column.
Mowery also discusses how mitigation efforts helped save nearly 82 percent of homes in Colorado Springs that were threatened by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Check out her column in NFPA Journal, as well as a feature story that takes you inside the aftermath of the wildfire. Also, watch the video of Mowery giving an overview of the new Fire Adapted Communities initiative: