Jack D. Cohen

Journal of Forestry

Published date March 1, 2000

Preventing disaster: Home ignitability in the wildland-urban interface

  • States that wildland-urban interface (W-UI) fires are a significant concern for federal, state, and local land management and fire agencies
  • Research using modeling, experiments, and W-UI case studies indicates that home ignitability during wildland fires depends on the characteristics of the home and its immediate surroundings
  • These findings have implications for hazard assessment and risk mapping, effective mitigations, and identification of appropriate responsibility for reducing the potential far home loss caused by W-UI