U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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Fire Science Brief, Issue 80, November 2009


US government work.


Northeast Decision Model (NED) is a computer-based program originally developed to help land managers and property owners protect resources like timber, wildlife, watersheds and aesthetics. This project enhanced NED by integrating a do-it-yourself fire risk assessment and mitigation tool specifi cally for private property owners dwelling in the wildlandurban interface entitled—Wildfi re Risk Assessment Guide for Southern Homeowners. The upgrade provides an easy way for homeowners in the Southeastern U.S. to evaluate wildfire risk for their own unique structures and property, and rank the effectiveness of different protective actions in reducing that risk.