This talk will focus on a four-step approach to integrating wildfire planning for the wildland-urban interface (WUI) through a variety of planning and implementation processes that work across departments within local governments. Attendees may wish to review the guide on which the talk will be based prior to the session.
The talk will begin by briefly discussing how the WUI is both a sociological and legal term that is fluid based upon context, and how that fluidity matters for planning purposes. The talk will then discuss a conceptual framework that local communities — governmental and non-governmental — can use over time. This framework, referred to in the presentation as the “WUI Wildfire Planning Process,” consists primarily of a four-step, cyclical planning process that revolves around the inter-governmental National Cohesive Strategy Vision and Goals for wildfire, and is supported at all times by education and outreach. The four active steps of the WUI Wildfire Planning Process are: draft and adopt a community wildfire protection plan (CWPP); regulate and incentivize the built environment at all scales; implement, maintain and enforce regulations and incentives; and respond to substantial changes such as wildfires or the passage of time. While each of these steps is well known in the fire world, finding ways to create an integrated, on-going fire strategy across departments has remained elusive in many communities. This talk will discuss how this conceptual framework can assist planning efforts.