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Wildland Urban Interface

Prescribed fire at J.N. Ding Darling NWR 2004

Credit: USFWS

Wildland Urban Interface

Mitigating the negative effects of wildfire on communities and ecosystems through preparedness, the application of prescribed fire, adaptive management practices, education, and collaboration.

Useful Wildland Urban Interface Links

  • Firewise The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from the risk of wildfire.
  • Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment A regional level wildfire risk assessment and analysis that provides a consistent, comparable set of results as a foundation for wildfire prevention and mitigation planning.
  • Fire in the South 1 & 2 A comprehensive review of fire in the South describing cultural uses, landscape characteristics, and the associated impact of fire on the forest economy. FIS 1 is the starting baseline for the SWRA project. FIS 2 is the follow up based on the findings of the SWRA.
  • Low Country WUI Council A collaborative partnership formed in the "Low Country" of South Carolina to educate homeowners about reducing their risk to wildfire in the wildland urban interface.
  • Rural Fire Assistance and Ready Reserve Programs

    Rural Fire Assistance Program: This program is designed to implement the National Fire Plan by increasing firefighter safety and enhancing the knowledge and fire protection capability of rural and volunteer fire departments serving as cooperators with the Department of the Interior. This is accomplished by providing basic wildland firefighting supplies, equipment and training.

    Ready Reserve Program: The purpose of this program is to increase wildland fire operational safety, effectiveness, and capacity of rural fire departments serving as cooperators with the Department of the Interior (DOI). Rural fire departments can provide local initial and extended attack, protection of wildland urban interface communities, and multi-agency wildfire attack andf coordination activities.

  • Last updated: April 29, 2013