Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) toolkit

Wildland Urban Interface toolkit: Awareness and outreach

As a member of the fire service and a trusted member of your community, you’re uniquely positioned to help people plan for, respond to, and recover from the devastating effects of a wildland, grass or forest fire.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about the risk of wildfires in your community.

Outreach programs

Firewise

Resources available: Online training, teaching tools, community preparedness toolkit and other outreach materials, a communicators’ guide, and project ideas.
Firewise

Firewise is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. The program promotes local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks. Firewise teaches residents how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.

Visit the Firewise website

Ready, Set, Go!

Resources available: Grants, implementation guide, webinars, outreach materials and templates, presentations and talking points, public service announcements, and a Spanish language toolkit.
Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go! Is managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’ Forest Service. The program helps fire departments to teach individuals who live in high risk wildfire areas – and the WUI – how to best prepare themselves and their properties against fire threats.

Visit the Ready, Set, Go! website

County Wildfire Playbook: A County Leadership Guide to Help Communities Become More Fire Adapted and Learn to Live with Wildland Fire

This playbook helps county commissioners to fortify and protect their communities from the high severity impacts of wildland fire.

Get the playbook

National Community Mitigation Assistance Teams (CMAT)

CMATs help communities build sustainable local capacity for wildfire mitigation during high risk times before, during or after a wildfire when awareness of the need for risk reduction and the likelihood of action is highest. The teams integrate community fire adaptation best practices and resilient landscapes concepts outlined in the National Cohesive Wildfire Management Strategy.

Find out more about CMATs

General awareness and outreach

Protect Your Home and Community from Wildfire PDF ~700 KB

protect your home and community from wildfire

This flyer provides tips to help homeowners prepare for the wildfire season. Customize this handout with your organization’s logo.

Download English  Download Spanish

Wildfires: Protect Yourself and Your Community

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This double-sided one-page flyer contains safety tips for protecting homes from wildfires. A space is provided for you to easily include your organization’s logo.

Download or Order Printed Version

California Fire Safe Council

Resources available: Grants, community wildfire protection plans, brochures, flyer and media templates, public education campaigns, and a construction guide.

Fire Safe Councils are grassroots community-based organizations which share the objective to protect homes, communities and environments from wildfire.

Living with Fire

Resources available: Customizable publications, displays for conferences, graphics, landscape industry training, presentations, promotional items, workshops and public service announcements.

The Living with Fire program offers a set of consistent wildfire threat reduction recommendations for homeowners living in fire prone areas throughout the country.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Resources available: A brochure describing the Cohesive Strategy, key strategy messages, PowerPoint presentations, and examples of state and local strategy implementation.

The Cohesive Strategy establishes a national vision for wildland fire management, describes wildland fire challenges, identifies opportunities to reduce wildfire risks, and defines three national goals along with priorities to achieve them:

  1. Resilient landscapes
  2. Fire-adapted communities
  3. Safe and effective wildfire response

Cohesive Strategy Crosswalk and Strategic Alignment Report PDF 135 KB | Appendices PDF 3.9 MB – This report and its appendices present an assessment of progress to date in implementing the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy. Also identified are additional opportunities for how the Wildland Fire Leadership Council can continue to influence progress toward achieving the vision and goals of the Cohesive Strategy.

Protect Your Home from Wildfire

Is your property ready for wildfire season? To help you prepare, the International Code Council offers several recommendations.

The International Code Council is dedicated to the construction of safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.

Ready.gov – Wildfires

A list of actions for homeowners to take after receiving a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service. Also, includes tips on what to do before, during and after a wildfire.

Ready.gov is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Best practices

Project Wildfire – Deschutes County, Oregon

Learn about Deschutes County’s effort to create long-term wildfire mitigation strategies and provide for a disaster-resistant community. Project Wildfire is a model for wildfire mitigation and community partnerships. A downloadable toolkit is available for communities that are interested in using the Project Wildfire model.

Engaging Diverse Communities in Disaster Resilience

Offers best practices for disaster preparedness in diverse communities.


Social media

Ready wildfire social media toolkit

Ready has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can copy the messages or customize them to reach your audience. Graphics and suggested hashtags are included.


Videos, public service announcements and apps

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Before the Smoke! 28:26

Explains how small and volunteer fire departments in wildfire-prone areas can effectively protect their communities with limited resources.

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Bureau of Land Management Community Assistance Program 4:48

When wildfire disaster strikes, there are places you can turn. The Bureau of Land Management has a community assistance program to help prepare you for such disasters.

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Every Fire Tells a Story 18:29

This video explores collaborative ground breaking work with prescribed fire and managed wildfire in the Western Klamath Mountains in western California and Oregon.

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Five Day Time-Lapse: Waldo Canyon Fire 16:01

A time-lapse video of the Waldo Canyon Fire from June 23 – 28, 2012. This fire burned 347 homes and upwards of 18,000 acres. Two people were killed.

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Hero in You (public service announcement) 0:60

This PSA is aimed at empowering residents to take appropriate actions to prepare themselves and their property against the threat of wildland fire.

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In the Path of Fire 12:55

This CBS 60 Minutes segment looks at the worsening U.S. wildfire problem in a time of drought and climate change, with a special focus on a recent wildfire in the Kern River Valley (California).

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Living with Fire: Why and How? 7:32

This video provides information and useful tools for residents who live in a fire prone environment to reduce their risk of property loss.

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Prepare for Wildfire: The Highway 1 Fire Wake-up Call 8:33

This video addresses community preparedness in the face of the recent Highway 1 wildfire in Ely, Montana. It gives residents the tools they need to prepare for this kind of event should it happen again in the future.

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Reducing Firefighter Risk Before There Is Smoke in the Air 6:48

There are several ways to reduce risk and exposure before a wildfire. This video discusses three of them: fuels management, community partnerships and education, and fire prevention.

Additional videos

Ready, Set, Go! Florida – Florida-specific videos created for emergency services partners to help local communities in Florida become fire-adapted.

Wildfire Research (WiRē) – The WiRē team applies social solutions to the natural phenomenon of wildfire. They’ve released a series of videos that describe how community-specific data can be paired with physical data to provide tailored risk-reduction suggestions; how to work with communities to use this customized information to the best advantage; and how, ultimately, these efforts can result in increased wildfire adaptation, wildfire program savings, and more effective government policies.

More information on the web

Federal Emergency Management Agency regional offices

Wildland Urban Interface Wildfire Mitigation Desk Reference Guide (PMS 051) – This guide provides basic background information on relevant programs and terminology for those community members or agency personnel seeking to enhance their community’s wildfire mitigation efforts.