In her latest NFPA Journal column, "Adapt or Burn," Molly Mowery notes that Forest Service researchers estimate that more than 44 million homes in the United States are located in fire-prone wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas, and this number is expected to climb. Budget cuts, droughts, and expanding suburban development will put "significant strain" on communities in such areas there is a change in current trends.
"Fortunately, national agencies have begun taking serious action to correct this course," she says. A case in point: over the past several years, the U.S. Forest Service has been promoting the idea of fire-adapted communities in areas likely to suffer from wildland fires. "As our community leaders continue to promote sustainability agendas," Molly says, 'We should remind them that addressing wildfire from a Fire Adapted Communities approach is part of a long-term solution for 21st century WUI communities.
Read Molly's column online or turn to page 46 in your latest issue of NFPA Journal.