Fire departments across the country are increasingly being called upon to respond to WUI fires, including brush, grass, forest fires or other outdoor fires. You may believe that you don't have a WUI problem, and that WUI fires only occur in western states, but more than 46 million residences in 70,000 communities in the United States are at risk for WUI fires.
The WUI is the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development. It is the line, area or zone where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels. Communities adjacent to and surrounded by wildland are at varying degrees of risk from wildfires.
Get your answers to frequently asked questions and read the latest guidance for wildland fire response during the pandemic.
Preventing outdoor activities from turning into wildfire disasters
As the weather warms, more people than ever will be spending time recreating outdoors. And, as public land use increases, so does the potential for accidental wildfire ignitions.
Protecting wildland firefighters from smoke exposure
Anticipated 2021 staffing shortages and COVID‑19 make it critical to protect wildland firefighters from smoke exposure this fire season.
Analysis of NFIRS incidents in the WUI
The second report in our Wildfire Report Series examines 2009 to 2011 California WUI incidents reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) in terms of travel time, loss measures and fire cause and compares the incidents to those outside WUI areas.
Investigation of MODIS-detected fires in NFIRS
The first report in our Wildfire Report Series investigates the feasibility of using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data as a means for identifying wildfire incidents that may be missing from NFIRS.
Community success story
Learn how fire-adapted work helped communities in Colorado and Virginia survive wildfires with no deaths, no injuries and no structure loss in this short, easy-to-share digital presentation.