The risk of catastrophic fire occurrence in the wildland urban interface (WUI) is a major issue in today’s fire protection community. There are many potential tools for zoning administrators, planners, and fire/emergency managers to consider when addressing their community’s wildfire risk. These tools include comprehensive planning, land use regulation, building codes and standards, voluntary programs (e.g. Firewise Communities/USA recognition program), Community Wildfire Protection Plans, and hazard mitigation planning.
A new report, due out in December from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, will help guide future use of regulations and planning tools that more effectively reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface. Read the project summary to learn how these WUI regulatory tools may be enforced.