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Update on Forest Fire Research and Reconstruction of the deadly ‘Camp’ Fire: California. USA

The ‘Camp’ Fire ignited on November 8, 2018 in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Butte County, California. The first 24 hours were characterized by a fast-moving fire with initial spread driven by high winds up to 22 m/s (50 mi/h) and long-range spotting up to 6.3 km (3.9 mi) into the community. The fire quickly impacted the communities of Concow, Paradise, and Magalia. The Camp Fire became the most destructive and deadly fire in California history, with over 18 000 destroyed structures, 700 damaged structures, and 85 fatalities.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:00
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Smoke Tightness of Closures - Anatomy of a Building Code Change and Summary of Findings from the Task Group

A simple change proposed to the National Building Code of Canada led to a review of fundamental concepts meant to ensure fire protection and life safety.  The task group on smoke tightness of closures found the Code was subject to wide ranging interpretations because the intents were unclear.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 12:00

Post-Earthquake Fire Risk

The reliability of water supplies, electrical,  gas and other infrastructure in event of an earthquake is critical to the prevention of post-earthquake fires.

Vancouver has a secondary salt water supply system covering priority areas of Vancouver for contingency purposes in the event that the primary potable/fire supply is damaged by a seismic event.

The California Building Code requires secondary water supply systems in high buildings; however, there is no provision in Canadian codes- even for seismically active zones.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00
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Smoke Control Measures for High-rise Buildings and their Maintenance Requirements

Even though “Smoke Control” is not a defined term in the Fire Code, smoke control features are commonly present in high-rise buildings. Per the requirement of the BC Fire Code, if you have smoke control measures in your building, you are obligated to have these tested to ensure satisfactory operations.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 12:00
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Code Change - Water supplies for Public Fire Protection Purposes

Due to a whole range of factors- not least of which is the mandating of water supplies for firefighting in the building code- there is much confusion about what water supply for firefighting actually should be- both in the context of the building code as well as in the context of the design of water supply infrastructure.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:00
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