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Wildfire and the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)

Explore these resources to help you prepare for a safe wildland fire response and to create and sustain a fire-adapted community.

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 60,000 communities in the United States are at risk for WUI fires. Source: National Association of State Foresters PDF

Learn about the WUI

Featured resources

HEALTHY LANDSCAPES

This video shows how the fire service can help communities create healthy landscapes that will keep people safer and create communities that are more resilient.

https://youtu.be/of2raSjd3uE

RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI): A Look at Issues and Resolutions

A report of recommendations for elected officials, policymakers and all levels of government, tribal and response agencies.

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WUI research and technology updates

FIRE-ADAPTED COMMUNITIES

Creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The form-fillable templates in this guide help you to create an action plan for your community and document assets at risk, forest and landscape health issues, and key stakeholders. The guide is available in English and Spanish.

Creating a Community Wildfire Protection Plan guide

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Help your community to become fire adapted

OUTREACH MATERIALS

Be a wildfire safety recreation enthusiast

Use these social media cards to share important messages about practicing wildfire safety while taking part in outdoor activities this summer.

TRAINING

Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer F0610  

This 2-day off-campus course covers:

  • Introduction to WUI firefighting
  • Interface environment
  • Wildland fire behavior
  • Command and control issues
  • Tactics

Check the course schedule for an offering near you.

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Wildfire and WUI blog

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Jan. 11, 2024

The importance of good grant reporting

Receiving a grant is just the beginning; project implementation, thorough financial reporting and grant reporting are just as important.

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Infogram
Sept. 28, 2023

New research on inhalation exposures for wildland firefighters

Learn about the new NIOSH research on smoke inhalation exposures for wildland firefighters and their effects on firefighter's health.

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Infogram
Sept. 7, 2023

Wildland fire lessons learned center launches enhanced website

Check out the new website from Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center that features in-the-field lessons drawn from successes, challenges, close calls and firefighter fatalities to increase safety.

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Current Issues
Aug. 10, 2023

FEMA's Mitigation Assessment Team releases first report in the aftermath of a wildfire

Develop and implement more effective wildfire mitigation projects for your community, based on the MAT observations.

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Current Issues
Feb. 24, 2023

Fire protection engineers: Key players in solving the wildland urban interface fire problem

Learn how a fire protection engineer can provide engineering-based solutions to help your community with WUI fire planning and mitigation activities.

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Current Issues
Nov. 16, 2022

EMR - ISAC: Making vital, timely, actionable emergency services sector information easily accessible

Get important information about protecting first responders and critical infrastructures in your community by subscribing to free EMR-ISAC information products.

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