5 January 2007 Cost Report39% of DNRC’s direct fire protection program is within the WUI, but over 66% of the wildland fires suppressed through that program occurred in these areas.95% of wildland fires were contained as small fires and the initial attack success rate was similar for both WUI and non-WUI fires.Wildland fires in the WUI cost 46% more to suppress than non-WUI fires.Large fires >10 acres represented less than 5% of the wildland fires, but over 89% of the total suppression related costs.Wildland fire suppression tactics change in the WUI to account for increased structure protection and can impose additional safety risks to firefighters.
6 RISK MITIGATION Private property fuels mitigation assistance programs. Fuels management activities on public lands.Homeowner education about Firewise and personal responsibility.Community level planning (PDM/CWPP)
7 OPPORTUNITIESContinue to secure National Fire Plan funding for fuels mitigation, homeowner education, and community planning.Tap into FEMA (PDM) funds for risk-mitigation related to wildfires.Improve community planning, development regulations, and design for firewise communities.
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