Extreme heat and very dry conditions are, unfortunately, now fueling numerous and in some cases massive fires across the country. And not just in densely wooded forests but in, or on, the fringes of Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. This is increasingly problematic. i.e., dangerous, to people and property as WUIs are the fastest-growing land use type in the contiguous U.S. (at least 9% of the total land area).
Understanding the risks that WUI development creates and the need for concerted efforts to facilitate change, FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has released a new report of special significance