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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

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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.


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


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


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.


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

May 2, 2024

Lahaina Hawaii fire timeline report

Now available: The Lahaina Fire Comprehensive Timeline Report on the devastating August 2023 fire that lead to 101 fatalities, widespread destruction and devastating community impacts.

March 28, 2024

National Wildfire Coordinating Group updates wildland fire safety training

Get the “Quick Facts” on the NWCG Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher on fire line safety. WFSTAR training is focused on operations and decision-making issues for risk mitigation, safe and effective practices maintenance, and accident reduction.

Feb. 8, 2024

Preliminary After-Action Report: 2023 Maui Wildfire

Maui PD's preliminary after-action report makes 32 recommendations to improve Maui's police response to future natural disaster response efforts.

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.