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What is?

                         Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is the area where
                       human development and the natural world meet or
                Designation of the WUI is more dependent on a set of conditions
                than a specific area. For example, according to the National Fire
                Protection Association, conditions include the amount, type, and
                distribution of vegetation; the flammability of the structures in
                the area and their proximity to fire-prone vegetation; weather
                patterns and general climate conditions, topography, etc. As human
                development continues to expand into natural areas, managing
                wildfire risk in WUI communities is more important than ever.
                The WUI encompasses a variety of landscapes from formalized
                suburban areas, to recreation amenity dependent areas, to
                rural lifestyle areas, to resource dependent working landscape
                communities. Regardless of these differences, communities can
                work together to manage wildfire risk by becoming knowledgeable
                about and engaged in actions to plan and protect their homes
                and neighborhoods from wildfire. Communities such as these
                that are better prepared to accept the risk of wildfire as part of
                their surrounding landscape are referred to as “Fire-Adapted
                WUI communities can utilize resources such as community wildfire
                protection plans (CWPPs) and the Firewise Program to reduce
                their risk of losing life and/or property from wildfire. CWPPs allow
                communities to proactively manage their wildfire risk through
                working with local emergency management and land management
                agencies by mapping values at risk and by reducing fuels.
                The Firewise Program provides tips for reducing wildfire risk based
                on the landscape’s proximity to the home, also known as the areas of
                the Home Ignition Zone. Typically, closer to the home, effort should
                be made to maintain your landscape with well irrigated lawns and
                fire resistant plantings, while further out homeowners are advised to
                prune and selectively thin native species.
                If you are not sure whether you live in a WUI area, contact your
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