Wildfire, Wildlands, and People: Understanding and Preparing for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface [open pdf - 5MB]
"Fire has historically played a fundamental ecological role in many of America's wildland areas. However, the rising number of homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), associated impacts on lives and property from wildfire, and escalating costs of wildfire management have led to an urgent need for communities to become 'fire-adapted.' We present maps of the conterminous United States that illustrate historical natural fire regimes, the wildland-urban interface, and the number and location of structures burned since 1999. We outline a sampler of actions, programs, and community planning and development options to help decrease the risks of and damages from wildfire."
General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-299; General Technical Report Rocky Mountain Research Service-General Technical Report-299
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