California Wildfire Coordinating Group 2014 Inter-Agency Training

This course is applicable to persons involved in fire, fuels, prevention, patrolling and those making contact with the public.  With the California drought crisis, more than ever wildfires will be a threat to communities.


The training will be held April 29-30, 2014, at McClellan Wildfire Training Center,              3237 Peacekeeper Way, McClellan, California 95652, in the Rattlesnake Training Room.   The Course begins April 29th at 8:30am – 5:00pm and begins promptly at 8:30am and ends on April 30th at 5:00pm.


There is no tuition and a Certificate of Attendance will be provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).   Participants will be responsible for their meals, transportation, lodging expenses and supervisor attendance approval.  The training nomination form will be requested for each participant.  Questions regarding the training should be addressed to Bureau of Indian Affairs, Jim Nanamkin at (916) 978-6148, or

Soledad Holguin at (916) 978-6020.  There is limited seating.


Goal:  Teach fire managers/prevention personnel how to apply Firewise principles in California.


Learning Objective:

  • Become familiar with residential ignition sources
  • Identify vulnerable areas of homes/building
  • Be able to describe and apply Firewise principles
  • Evaluate a community’s wildfire risk
  • Communicate a WUI risk evaluation to residents and promote the benefits of being a                     recognized Firewise Communities/USA ® site.


Teaching Tools and Methods:

  • Classroom lecture and visual aids
  • Breakout groups to solve hypothetical problems
  • Identify vulnerable areas on structures
  • Discuss the elements of a community risk evaluation and how to convey to residents                  (role play)
  • Illustrate mitigation examples – vulnerable homes, building features and effective                   solutions
  • Student materials – Firewise Reference Guide; Community Risk Assessment                      Template; Sample community risk assessment document. 2014 Firewise                                       Communities/USA application form.



DAY 1 Tuesday, April 29, 2014   


8:30-9:00a.m. Welcome and Introduction  

– Jim Nanamkin, Pacific Region Bureau of Indian Affairs

– Dennis Mathisen, CAL FIRE, CWCG Chair

– Hylton Haynes, CF, Associate Project Manager, NFPA

– Steve Quarles, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, IBHS Research Center

 9:00-10:15a.m. Fire Adapted Communities

-Hylton Haynes, NFPA

  • Conceptual overview
  • Risk Management Framework

 10:30am -12:00p.m. Vulnerabilities of Buildings to Wildfire Exposures

-Steve Quarles, IBHS

  • How Homes Ignite
  • Group Activity Assignment 1– Identifying Structural Vulnerabilities

1:00-1:50p.m. Community Wildfire Risk Evaluation

Hylton Haynes, NFPA

  • Elements of a Community Wildfire Risk Evaluation
  • Group Activity Assignment 2
  • Community  Wildfire Risk Evaluation Plan

1:50-2:50p.m.  Group Assignments 1 & 2

3:00-4:30p.m.  Group Assignment 1 & 2 Reporting

4:30-5:00p.m.  The Next Steps

DAY 2 Wednesday, April 30, 2014


  • Before the Smoke
  • OkmulgeeTribe “Return to Tradition”


9:30-10:00a.m. National Firewise Communities/USA Program

– Hylton Haynes, NFPA  

  • History
  • Social/Physical Science
  • Application Requirements
  • Program Administration
  • Resources

10:15-11:00p.m. Success Stories

  • Poomacha Fire  – Adam Gisler/Soledad Holguin, BIA
  • Redwood Valley Rancheria– speaker Chau Choi  (Tribal)
  • _____________________________   (Other State/Federal)

11:00-12:00p.m. One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire

– Mark Thibideau, USFS

  • CWCG- top ignition causes for California agencies –CWCG Rep
  • California Statewide Campaign – CAL Fire Rep


1:30-2:30p.m. Ready, Set, Go!  Hylton Haynes, NFPA

 2:30:2:45pm Waldo Canyon Fire (12.5 min)

3:15-5:00p.m. Informational

Statewide Burn Permit (CWCG Rep TBD)

CWCG Campfire Permit (CWCG Rep TBD)

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