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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

Spanish social media cards

Use the Spanish versions of our wildfire social media cards to share important safety messages with your community before, during and after a wildfire.

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

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