The emergence of the wildland-urban interface concept
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): W. T. Sommers
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • National Fire Plan
  • public information
  • roots
  • water
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47941
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23970
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Editorial comment ... 'The Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is a common story line in many of today's wildfire events. The WUI concept was formally introduced in 1987 Forest Service Research budget documents but was not acknowledged as a major component for federal fire management until the 2000 National Fire Plan. Although the 1987 introduction was meant to increase research focus on demographic factors influencing fire and other resource management, its California roots can be traced to post-World War II civil defense concerns about fire and water. The author offers a personal perspective on why the WUI concept was promoted by the Forest Service at an inauspicious time for fire research.'

Sommers, W. T. 2008. The emergence of the wildland-urban interface concept. v. Fall, p. 12-18.