Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Mitigating the Dangers of Wildfire

Issue 12 and Volume 171.

Wildland Firefighting
By BRIAN R. HAINES For many people, it’s difficult to understand what the wildland urban interface (WUI) is or if their homes and communities fall within it. Many people don’t realize that the area where they chose to build their home puts them in danger, let alone what measures they can take to mitigate those dangers. Homes considered to be in the WUI are in or near a natural area—such as a forest or grassland—and that potentially a wildfire could burn right through them. There are an estimated 4.5-plus million homes at substantial risk of wildfire across the nation. Statistics from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) show that in 2016, 65,575 wildfires burned around 5.4 million acres across the United States. That number jumped to 71,499 wildfires in 2017, burning about 10 million acres. In mid-October 2017, wildfires burned 245,000 acres in Northern California, resulting in 23 fatalities and…

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