Wildland Fire Safety Starts in the Home
The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the area where urban and suburban development meets undeveloped areas containing natural vegetation. It can be a beautiful, quiet place to live, but with the benefits of being near nature come risks. One of the most pressing is wildfire, but others include risky interactions with wildlife such as bears and mountain lions, as well as physical phenomena such as floods and landslides.
Within the greater WUI, areas are classified as to their relative fire hazard severity zones. These are areas in mountains, foothills, and canyons where adjacency to vegetated areas, difficulty of access, and weather patterns pose greater risk of wildfire. CAL FIRE and the fire response agency in each local jurisdiction have determined where these areas are, and require the management of vegetative fuels near buildings. To find out if your property is in a fire hazard severity zone, contact your local fire agency.
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Click here for the SAFE Landscapes in the WUI Fact Sheet
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UC Fire Links:
UC Center for Fire Research and Outreach: http://firecenter.berkeley.edu/
UC Cooperative Extension's Homeowner's Wildfire Mitigation Guide: http://groups.ucanr.org/HWMG/
Wildlfire Zone, a collaborative project between UC Cooperative Extension and the County of San Diego: http://www.wildfirezone.org
UC Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program, for information on fire recovery in oak wildlands: http://danr.ucop.edu/ihrmp/
UC Center for Forestry, with information on fire preparation and recovery for forest landowners: http://groups.ucanr.org/Forest/
UCANR Invasive Plants in Southern California: http://groups.ucanr.org/socalinvasives/
Outside Links for More Information about Fire and Invasive Plants:
Los Angeles County Weed Management Area: http://www.lacountywma.org/
Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council's Weed Watch Program: http://weedwatch.lasgrwc.org/
National Park Service: http://www.nps.gov/fire/
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: http://www.fire.ca.gov/
U.S. Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire
U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov/hazards/wildfires/
The California Fire Safe Council: http://www.firesafecouncil.org/
The California Fire Alliance: http://www.cafirealliance.org/grants/