Challenges & Change, Part 1: The Urban-Wildland Interface and Fire Threats to Historic Resources

Special Offer: Register for the two-part Historical Building Codes and Landscapes series at checkout (CHBC for modern resources and Urban-Wildland Interface and Wildfire Site Planning) and receive a $15 discount. Remember: All webinars are free to members and sponsors at $250+.

The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive in California history, killing over 100 and causing more than $3.5 billion in damages. Among recent losses were historic landscapes and structures, including the 1886 Honey Run covered bridge outside of Chico (Carr Fire); the National Register listed Sepulveda Adobe (Woolsey Fire); Frank Lloyd Wright's Arch Obler complex (Woolsey Fire); and the Fountaingrove Round Barn (Tubbs Fire).

How can consultants, stakeholders, owners, and managing agencies help mitigate against these risks? What is an effective treatment for sites at risk that help provide fire protection while still preserving the character defining features?

These and other questions will addressed by experts who deal with sites at the Urban-Wildland interface. Speakers will provide possible strategies and solutions to managing such sites and will discuss the most common risk factors that could doom the sites during extreme hazard events.


Kathleen Kennedy, State Historian II, California State Parks; Diana Painter, Principal, Painter Preservation; Vida Germano, Lead, Cultural Landscapes Program, National Park Service, Pacific West Regional Office; Cheryl Miller, Wildfire Prevention & Registered Landscape Architect, Independent Consultant

You Will Be Able To...

  1. Identify possible treatment solutions to historic sites located at the Urban-Wildland interface.
  2. Discuss the application of building codes and other regulations with historic structures and landscapes, including the relevant sections of the California Historical Building Code.
  3. Weigh the risk factors to triage treatment of historic sites with minimal impact to the historic sites, structures, fixtures, and landscape features.
  4. Develop an action plan for hazard mitigation for historic landscapes and sites.