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Wildfire Risk

The Wildland-Urban Interface

Wildland-Urban Interface

Wildland-Urban Interface-Cambridge Fire (US Fish and Wildlife)


Zones where homes and other structures meet wildlands are termed the wildland-urban interface (WUI).

The amount of WUI in Oregon has grown rapidly. Fast-growing communities continue to expand into wildland areas, and the number of Oregon homes and businesses in the path of potential wildfires continues to escalate. Adjacent recreation and scenic areas, wildlife habitat and community watersheds may also be at risk.

Other states in the region face similar challenges. Many western communities are dealing with rising population in WUI zones, forest health issues and increasing frequency of destructive wildfires.

With an expanding range of human values at risk, wildfire has become major issue.