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