Campaign: "Wild Card" Issues

Invasive juniper species control will make a big impact

Eastern redcedar and Ashe juniper are fire intolerant native invasive species in the central US and Great Plains. Control of these species will alleviate a large host of emerging problems such as fuels management in rangelands and the WUI, water needs, human health (allergy sufferers on the rise), loss of native biodiversity, and more. Finding ways to communicate this to the public effectively is really key. The development ...more »

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Campaign: Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Prevent Scope Creep in Wildland operations when WUI becomes involved

Increasingly, Wildland firefighters find themselves in the midst of dynamic environments in the WUI assigned to tasks that they have not trained for. Type 1 IC's even recently commented at the WUI summit that "we now have type 1 crews cutting decks off of burning houses and running bulldozers through backyards" to do structure protection. IC's must have the courage and integrity to avoid assigning resources where they ...more »

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The Insurance Industry Should Help Reduce WUI Wildfire Losses

While most insurance policies cover losses from wildfires, the insurance industry could do a lot more to reduce the losses and costs from wildfires - much like they do for flooding or hurricanes. For example, they could require or give discounts for mitigating hazards and using "Firewise" practices; give discounts for using fire proof materials in construction or remodeling, especially roofing; and conduct periodic ...more »

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Control Future WUI Development

In the West, 84% of the WUI is yet undeveloped, the housing market has picked up once more, and with climate change as an accelerator, there is an urgent need to find solutions that impact the pattern, scale, and pace of future development in the WUI. It will be difficult to control the rising costs, damages, and dangers related to home development in the WUI unless there are negative financial consequences for private ...more »

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We need a Paradigm Shift: Prepare, Stay, and Defend as a viable option

The challenge of increased wildland fires impacting human communities requires a dramatic paradigm shift in how wildland urban interface (WUI) residents are viewed and what is expected of them. The failed paradigm of WUI residents as helpless victims of fire must be completely banished. In the new paradigm, WUI residents will be highly pro-active participants in protecting their homes and their lives. All WUI residents ...more »

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WUI risk for all will just get bigger & worse unless land use planning changes

WUI, and exurban intermix areas will keep expanding as populations grow. Firefighters will protect lives and property in communities that haven't been built yet. Citizens and their local governments will determine (actively or by default) where and how fire safe they will be. Current research (cafiresci.org/wui) suggests specific ways to locate, plan, and construct new communities in order to reduce their exposure to ...more »

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