Throughout this website you will hear the term wildland/urban interface. As a simple guideline, you may think of this as where homes, businesses, and communities are built up against a large wildland setting. This creates problems when wildfire threatens those wildlands. in locations where firefighters only had to battle a wildfire, now they are increasingly having to deal with a multifaceted incident. Having to protect many homes from the ravages of a wildfire while also containing and controlling that wildfire is a problem that challenges local firefighting resources.

The wildland/urban interface is more than that however. A home need not be tucked into the thick woods, or perched on top of a steep wooded hillside to be threatened by wildfire. Burning embers carried aloft by high winds can threaten homes well away from the main fire event. In some instances homes in excess of a mile could be in danger.

From the wilderness of the Adirondacks, to the sandy pine barrens of Long Island. From the phragmites laden wetlands of Staten Island to the grass fields and oak woodlands of the Finger Lakes. All of these places, and everything in between could be considered the wildland/urban interface. Time of year and weather conditions could bring wildfire to your doorstep. Become familiar with the Firewise principles inside this website, and help your local firefighters protect your community.