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WUI Data, Research and Technology

Explore these data resources that will help you to understand the characteristics of wildland urban interface (WUI) fires, identify and assess wildfire risk, and prepare more effectively for response to WUI fires.

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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.

This report presents a novel method for identifying incidents that occur in the WUI: NFIRS data was geocoded and combined with existing U.S. Forest Service WUI shapefiles to identify incidents. This dataset creates a substantial new opportunity for linking local fire department incident responses and wildland fires.
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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.

Our examination of MODIS-detected fires shows that few of these incidents are reported in NFIRS.

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Get a head start on your WUI research project with these reference materials from the National Emergency Training Center Library.

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Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

A firsthand account of California's Camp Fire, the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, Paradise is an examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds.

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Sensor tests show promise for early detection of wildfires

4 prototype technologies successfully tested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will assist with early detection of wildfires.

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