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» Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Roughly 60 percent of all houses built in the United States during 1990s were constructed within the wildland-urban interface. Having a national forest as one’s backyard can be enticing, but brings with it challenges for homeowners and public land managers. Fire is perhaps the biggest challenge. More than 140,000 wildfires occur on average each year and threaten homes that have been built in areas prone to frequent fires.

Reducing fire danger in the wildland-urban interface requires cooperation between neighbors. Without public approval, it is difficult for land managers to effectively reduce fire hazard on neighboring public land or to engage homeowners in activities that would reduce fire hazard on private property. Private landowners also are being encouraged to reduce wildfire risk on their property.

 

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House saved from fire in wildland-urban interface in central Oregon.
House saved from fire in wildland-urban interface in central Oregon.

 

 


 

 

 

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