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Wildland-Urban Interface

As urban sprawl expands, so does the footprint of the wildland-urban interface (WUI), that space where more populated communities meets wildland or rural areas. The wildland-urban interfaces is a particularly challenging area in which to fight fires, with traditionally structural fire departments working side by side with other agencies to protect residential structures, businesses and vast open spaces. The WUI resource page shares key news about major WUI incidents as well as best practices for fighting these challenging blazes.

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The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission members detail recommendations for a Senate committee
Jim Meyer suffered a broken vertebra and multiple skull fractures when the tree struck him during training
Each fire sensor will capture 30 readings of gases, particles and conditions; the sensors then use edge processing to transmit data to servers for AI analysis
Texas A&M Forest Service investigators, Xcel Energy say lines, equipment caused the Smokehouse Creek fire burning nearly 1,700 square miles
Fritch Fire Chief Zeb Smith suffered a medical emergency during a structure fire
The Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest in state history, was 15% contained by Sunday
Residents of Stinnett returned after evacuating to find charred homes, dead livestock
The Smokehouse Fire has burned 1,300 square miles and crossed into Oklahoma
Several wildfires across the panhandle have forced evacuations, cut off power and destroyed several structures
Gary Stephen Maynard admitted to setting fires behind firefighters fighting the Dixie Fire and setting other wildfires
In an innovative leap for wildland firefighting, GroundWorx announces its cutting-edge soil moisture technology, leveraging machine learning, is poised to play a critical role in fire risk assessment and management
Officials warn that the ash and dust from wildfire that killed 100 people in Lahaina is toxic
Intterra, the national leader in situational awareness software for fire first responders releases a new product to manage and track community wildfire risk & resilience efforts
An increased number of fires revealed an insufficient number of wildland-trained firefighters
Beneficiaries will receive payments as early as April to June of next year
Cameras used by the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority will rely on AI to spot wildfires
Wildfire survivors have different paths of recovery after blaze destroyed the town of Paradise
Maui police showed BWC footage of the day a deadly wildfire spread into Lahaina
Winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour pushed the Highland Fire through part of Riverside County
The expanding wildland-urban interface means tree fires pose an even greater risk to city and residential fire crews
A trailblazing memoir from Clare Frank, California’s first (and only) female chief of fire protection
Opponents of the Pacific Gas & Electric plan say it will take too long and pass additional costs to customers
A bipartisan provision in the 2024 defense spending bill calls for the Air Force to deliver the tankers - converted or not
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At least 98 people were killed and over 2,000 structures destroyed in the Lahaina wildfire
U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell presided over the event that focused on current problems in the fire service
Government officials hear testimonies about challenges involving recruitment, cancer, mental health, EVs, climate change and beyond
Five position papers – focused on climate change, blood transfusions, reproductive health, mental health and CPR – were endorsed at the annual NFPA Urban Fire Forum