Fire Dynamics, Fire Prevention & Protection, Firefighting, Wildland Firefighting

Mitigating Wildfire Risk in the Wildland Urban Interface, Part 2

Issue 2 and Volume 172.

By DENA ALI   Although the best way to protect lives and property from active wildfires is fire suppression, emphasizing suppression has, in fact, exacerbated the wildland urban interface (WUI) fire problem faced by many North American communities. Focus must move away from suppression and toward prevention through fuel reduction and homesite mitigation. One of the most popular mitigation options in the face of increasingly large, more intense, and more frequent wildfires is the reintroduction of fire as an ecological process. Policymakers must also recognize that as long as WUI growth continues unchecked, so will wildfire problems. Because demographic trends show no signs of slowing growth in the WUI, policymakers must find a way for humans and fire-adapted forests to coexist. (1-5) Images of the aftermath of the Atlas Fire in Napa County, California. The fire started on October 8, 2017, and was fully contained on October 28, 2017. (Photos…

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