Managing Forest Fuels in the Wildland Urban Interface

Fifteen years ago, “wildland-urban interface,” or WUI, was not a familiar term to most British Columbians. But after several severe wildfire seasons, people are more aware of the threat that wildfire poses to communities surrounded by forest.

After the Firestorm Provincial Review report came out in 2004, government introduced a fuel management program to address increasing fire risks in communities. Under this program, local governments take the lead in planning and executing fuel management treatments, with support from the provincial government.