The main impetus for the development of this guiding document was the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). Government directives like the Healthy Forest restoration Act, the National Fire Plan and the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy combined with changing conditions on the ground were prompting federal, state and local government and the public to work together.
The Fire Adapted Communities outreach initiative that was launched in June 2012 was implemented to promote this idea of collaborative planning and action.  This guiding document qualifies the Fire Adapted Communities objective by highlighting the elements of success in the collaborative planning and action process:
- Getting Organized: Coordinate the effort
- Consider the Setting: Recognize local concerns and assets
- The Core Concept: Create a Collaborative environment
- Build a Foundation: Relationships are built on communication and trust
- Skilled Communications: The essential ingredient
- Making a commitment: Plan for the long-term