"Homes near natural areas in the Wildland Urban Interface are beautiful places to live. These pristine environments add to the quality of life of residents and are valued by community leaders seeking to develop new areas of opportunity and local tax revenue, but these areas are not without risk. Fires are part of the natural ecology, and living adjacent to the wilderness means living with a constant threat of fires. Fire, by nature, is an unpredictable and often uncontrollable force. With proper communitywide preparation, human populations and infrastructure can withstand the devastating effects of a wildland fire, reducing loss of life and property. The goal depends on strong, collaborative partnerships between agencies and the public at the state, federal and local levels, with each accepting responsibility for their part. The U.S. Fire Administration's publication, 'Your Role in Fire-Adapted Communities,' defines the FAC's [Fire-Adapted Community] concept and scope. The publication further defines the roles that groups can adopt to improve their safety and provide guidance for future actions. By becoming familiar with their role, identifying responsibilities, and implementing actions, communities will become better prepared to reduce their wildfire risk."
Coffee Break Training - Community Risk Reduction Series No. CR-2014-7
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/