Developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the Highways 410 and 12 Urban Wildland Interface Area [open pdf - 4MB]
"The problem was that the Highways 410 and 12 wildland urban interface area did not have a plan to address the wildfire risk. The purpose of this applied research project was to develop a community wildfire protection plan for the Highways 410 and 12 urban wildland interface area. The action research method was used to determine answers to four questions: What components are necessary to meet recognized standards for an acceptable community wildfire protection plan? Second, what are the demonstrable benefits of developing a community wildfire protection plan? Third, what methods have other communities used to develop a community wildfire protection plan? Fourth, how will the community wildfire protection plan relate to the Yakima County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazards Mitigation Plan? Surveys, focus group meetings, and general discussions were used to identify wildfire protection needs, concerns and strategies for plan development. In addition, personal interviews were conducted with authors of community wildfire protection plans, program managers of environmental and emergency management agencies, and representatives of federal, state and local fire services. A plan was developed to address community wildfire protection. The plan included assessment of the wildfire risks and identification of strategies to mitigate the damage from wildland fires. Survey results indicated that there were similarities in values and strategies of successful plans as well as the specific difficulties that were encountered."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/