One thing that is not usually at the forefront of people’s minds about New York City is wildland fire. Heidi Wagner, the Firewise Advisor for the northeastern states, knows otherwise. As she explains in the Winter 2012 How-To newsletter, Staten Island actually has a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and has experienced 103 brush fires over the past 15 years.
Wagner is an experienced wildland firefighter, as well as manager of Sam’s Point Preserve and employee of the Nature Conservancy. The hamlet of Cragsmoor became New York’s first Firewise community under Wagner’s guidance, and she is working to bring Firewise to Staten Island.
In her experience, the WUI looks and acts differently from place to place, but with some common risks. To read Wagner’s interview and learn more, visit our newsletter.