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Simply, the Wildland Urban Interface Zone is where homes and wildlands mix. Wildlands can be forests, brush, or grass. Homes can be a cabin in the woods or residential neighborhoods. Homes located in the WUI have a greater risk of being affected by a wildfire. Check to see if your property is located in an At-Risk Area.
Physical fire science research has shown that homes burn during wildfires due to the condition of the home and its surroundings within 100 to 200 feet. This "home ignition zone" can be modified by the resident to be ignition resistant. In most cases, when adequately prepared, a house can withstand a wildland fire without the intervention of the fire service.
The homeowner’s responsibility is to create and maintain their home ignition zone. View the Protecting Your Home page to see a list of items that can be done now to protect your home during a wildfire event. Most can be done at little or no expense. Print out the list and check off the items that your home already complies with, and then set a plan to complete the remaining items. You can also receive a free no obligation review of your home by contacting Firewise Coordinator Tyson Schultz, TSchultz@grantspassoregon.gov, 541-450-6212