14/07/2015 A sneak peek on the first set of experiments on embers, smoke and house vulnerability at the laboratory LEIF (Lousã - Portugal).
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In July 2015 wuiwatch partners ADAI-CEIF have completed the design and installation of a dedicated infrastructure for the study of house vulnerability regarding the entrance of firebrands (flying embers) and smoke. The infrastructure consists of a 75% scale complete room with windows and doors, fully equipped with sensors and which is inserted in the wind tunnel of LEIF laboratory and which is exposed to a flow of burning firebrands generated by a dedicated device (the ‘micro dragon’). Monitoring is performed by visual and IR video cameras and a particle tracing software. CEIF-LEIF team has conducted a long list of experiments underlining the importance of open or closed doors inside the house as a relevant factor for the effective inflow of external smoke and firebrands. Full datasets, videos and pictures are available for a further detailed analysis to drive final conclusions. The results will be presented and published in the next wuiwatch workshop on house vulnerability which will be held in Portugal late November 2014.
10/07/2015. Final steps on preparing the experimental setup for studying some particular aspects of burning embers entering houses @LEIF - Lousã, Portugal.
09/07/2015. Within the second week of July, an international workshop on culture of risk and communication in forest fires was held in the frame of the eFireCom project took place in Solsona, Catalonia, Spain, in the premises of the CTFC. This was a great opportunity to create synergies between the two projects in the same program and transfer some of the findings about planning, communication and education in regard to fire risk in the WUI areas and interact with the international attendees, some of which were invited to join wuiwatch network. We thank very much to Eduard Plana (coordinator) from CTFC for this invitation! We hope this is just one of a series of interactions between eFireCom and wuiwatch projects. Solsona, Spain.
25/06/2015. In the frame of the one-week training course about operations in the WUI zone organised by the National School of Civil Protection (DGPCyE, Ministy of Interior, Spain) and the Military Emergency Unit (UME), some of the preliminary conclusions about prevention, risk mapping and vulnerability obtained within wuiwatch project were presented and discussed with UME commanders. Some in-field exercises were performed and a sandbox used as complementary training exercises. One of the main conclusions was the need of house triage prior to any decision on protection operations.
25/05/2015. Past May 25th, the First wuiwatch Workshop on Prevention and Risk Mapping took place in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. This workshop was organised by University of Sassari (DIPNET) and chaired by Costantino Sirca. Several Italian entities participated very actively in the workshop, amongst them Corpo Regionale Volontari del Fuoco, Municipality of Alghero, Sardinia Forestry Corps, Porto Conte Regional Park Alghero, Civil Protection Sardinia, Ente Foreste della Sardegna and Nucleo Operativo Soccorsi. Besides two distinguished international speakers were invited, Gavriil Xanthopoulos (DEMETER, Greece) and Christophe Bouillon (IRSTEA, France) who gave interesting lectures on current state of the art on protocols, prevention, risk mapping and modelling in WUI areas in Europe. wuiwatch project was introduced by David Caballero, who presented also some unsolved questions and subjects about fire prevention in the WUI. An intense round table was conducted in which discussions were carried out on several subjects, particularly the role of agricultural lands in prevention. Proceedings of the workshop will be available soon.
19/05/2015. Taking advantage of the generous invitation done by the Hellenic Fire Corps, Regional Fire Administration of Western Greece to the one-week long wildfire exercise and international workshopthat took place past May, organised in cooperation with the Prefecture of Ileia and Municipality of Ancient Olympia, the WUIWATCH project coordinator presented the scope and objectives. Besides, an official invitation to the attending international entities (from France, Portugal, Norway, Italy and Cyprus) and the local and national authorities in Greece was offered to join WUIWATCH network. Participants enriched greatly our experience and a brief document with the conclusions was written.
12/05/2015. As part of the experiments within <a class = "resaltado">wuiwatch</a> project, a set of field essays on vulnerability were performed by our partner ADAI-CEIF in the experimental burns GESTOSA 2015 that took place in Portugal past May instant. The ADAI-CEIF team designed and performed an instrumented experiment with real fire to test material durability and ability to contain heat transfer when exposed to flame radiation and flame contact. The experiment was recorded in HR photos and using visual and IR video cameras.
23/04/2015. In the frame of the Experts EC-ECHO Interchange Programme, a team of three experts from Portugal and Spain attended a very interesting and intense workshop and field trip to the large fire of Västmanland in Sweden. Interaction with several national and local authorities took place, as well as with universities and private firms. wuiwatch project scope and objectives was introduced to the teams and an official invitation to join wuiwatch network was offered. Ramnas, Sweden.
26/03/2015. The wuiwatch project was presented past March to the Forest Fire Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of Spain. Heads of the ADCIF and technical staff interacted with wuiwatch team who explained the scope, objectives and importance of this initiative in Spain and Europe. Future contributions and participation of the ADCIF in the wuiwatch was profiled. The Department was officially invited to the wuiwatch network.
12/03/2015. A first meeting was performed past March to present WUIWATCH project to the Spanish Civil Protection Authorities. The Directorate General of Civil Protection and Emergencies (DGPCyE), Ministry of Interior, will actively participate in the workshops and interchange of knowledge. The DGPCyE will contribute with their experience and protocols used in Spain in the events of forest fires affecting houses and communities. National Authority of Civil Protection Directorate General (DGPCyE) Ministry of Interior, Madrid, Spain.