Those living in the Wildland-Urban Interface have both a greater risk and responsibility for living with wildland fire. Here is a tool to help policy makers and use planners identify areas where housing units intersect with wildland areas. Take a look:
This summer, like many summers in the U.S., the news has been full of images of housing developments wreathed in dark smoke from approaching wildfires. Fires are especially complicated to manage in wildland urban interface (WUI) areas where houses and other buildings meet up or mix with undeveloped natural areas. About 99 million people live in WUI areas of the conterminous United States in a total of 44 million houses.
The WUI is the focus of a recently released publication, “The 2010 Wildland-Urban Interface of the Conterminous United States,” also known as the WUI Map Book. It is designed to inform national policy and local land management policies in WUI areas. The authors provide a state-by-state analysis of the WUI using color coded maps and graphics of state land cover, land ownership, wildland vegetation cover and housing density. Organized by regions of the country, the document tells the story of each state through a two page spread.
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