Wildland / Urban Interface

Wildland / Urban Interface

Wildland / Urban Interface

Our society has been fortunate to have the capabilities to live further out in to the natural world.  Thanks to technology and improved construction capabilities it is possible to build homes and developments away from the central business districts of many urban areas.  This area is often referred to as the Wildland / Urban Interface (WUI).  Being closer to nature comes with all the benefits and perils mother nature can throw at us.  We can be closer to hiking trails, beautiful vistas and peaceful neighborhoods.  However, this sometimes comes at an unfortunate cost.  As the the WUI pushes our communities further out, there is the constant threat of wildland fires. These wildfires have been particularly cruel in our western states.  

Even though we all see the news stories about communities affected by wildfires it is easy to believe it just won’t happen to me or my family.  How will you be prepared?  What if it comes in the middle of the night?  Do you have a family communication plan?  Supplies?  What if you are not even home?  Is your home ready? Are your important documents protected in a fire safe or fire resistant bag?  Lucky for us there are many great resources out their that give us step by step instructions on how we can best prepare for a wildfire.  California has developed a website that should be your first stop in preparing your family.  Cal Fire.  They have provided a quick 6 minute video that will help you begin.  

 

 

 

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