Wildfire Information and Resources

Wildfire Information and Resources

Wildfire Information and Resources


ICC and CALBO's Successful Matching Donation Drive

With your generous support, the International Code Council and the California Building Officials (CALBO) reached our American Red Cross goal of matching donations up to $10,000 to assist victims of the recent California wildfires. With the ICC/CALBO 1-1 match, together we raised $30,000 in the name of local California building departments for American Red Cross disaster relief. We thank you all for your support. We are an association of 64,000 members and counting, and together we make a difference!

Even though the Code Council match is complete, the Red Cross is still accepting donations to help with wildfire relief — click here to donate through the Red Cross website.

ICC is working with CALBO and our other partners to provide additional support as needed.


Wildfire Information and Resources

Wildfires in northern California fueled by arid conditions and fanned by high winds have killed more than 40 people and laid waste to some 200,000 acres—including Napa Valley wineries—larger than the area of New York City.

The fires at times caused the evacuation of some 100,000 people and destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and other structures. Changes in wind conditions and direction can mean the need for more evacuations at a moment’s notice. Officials say many of the fatalities occurred at night when people were sleeping and conditions changed suddenly.

Thousands of those who have been evacuated don’t know whether they still have homes to return to. Some still can’t account for their loved ones.

Each year, wildfires take lives and burn numerous structures, resulting in mounting costs that have enormous economic and environmental impacts to the nation’s communities and businesses. Wildfires also have devastating impacts on the environment and damage forests, rangelands, watersheds and wildlife.

However, there are steps you can take to protect lives and property at home and in your community. Here are some resources to help you plan:

Protect your home and family from wildfire

Sites for Kids

Protect your community from wildfire

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and its partners – the International Code Council and approximately 20 other founding-member international organizations -- created the Fire Management Actions Alliance (FMAA) to stimulate improved fire management and reduce damage from fire worldwide. The FMAA Charter provided for the development of a strategy to improve international cooperation in fire management, which included Fire Management Voluntary Guidelines. These guidelines provide an international framework, outline cross-sectoral issues, detail the principles and attributes needed to balance the social, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions of fire management, and prescribe key actions for the planning and management of fires.

Additional Wildfire Resources

Helpful Links

In the US


News Articles

USA Today: Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to U.S. in 2017
SoCal wildfires highlight need for home fire safety
Mercury News: LA fires: Why 2017’s record wildfire season keeps getting worse
CNN: Wildfires Spread in California: Live Updates
Southern California fire is 'out of control,' forcing thousands to evacuate
Wildfires In Southern California Force Thousands Of People To Flee
PBS Newshour: This cartoonist drew what it was like to lose almost everything in the California wildfires
Modeler: Insured Losses for California Wildfires Could Reach $10.5B
Insurers Had Crews Working in Heart of California Wildfires to Prevent Loss
How to Help the Victims of California’s Devastating Wildfires
U.S., States Struggle to Pay Spiraling Cost of Fighting Fires
This Season, Western Wildfires Are Close By and Running Free
Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires topped $2 billion in 2017
Surveying the Wildfires Burning Across the Western U.S.

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