August 9, 2018
Open spaces are valued for their nature and beauty; if we choose to live within these areas we must do our part to protect our homes and our community. Living within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) provides us with a sense of nature, yet there are dangers that must be mitigated, and each of us should do our part.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI):
The wildland/urban interface is any location where a fire can spread from vegetation (wildland fuels) to buildings (urban fuels), resulting in multiple house fires that overwhelm fire protection efforts. We may not be able to stop wildfires, but we can mitigate that risk with planning and proper fuel management. Creating a defensible space around our homes may help to reduce risk to our lives, properties, community, and firefighters.
As a resident and/or owner of property near or adjacent to wildland areas, completing these items increases the chances that your home will survive a wildfire, and will reduce the danger to firefighters, neighbors, and surrounding natural resources. The attached Defensible Space Checklist will help you determine what you need to do to reduce your vulnerability to the threat of wildfire.
This information is provided by Lone Peak Fire District, which services Cedar Hills, Highland, and Alpine. For more information, contact Captain Danny Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-763-5365.