Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wildland Urban Interface: Community Assistance

This report by the Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General (Report No.: ER-EV-MOA-0012-2009), dated July 2010 describes the result of 20 projects in wildland urban interface (WUI) areas to determine the success of DOI cooperative efforts with communities abutting federal property in reducing their wildland fire risks. The report found that while the National Fire Plan’s WUI community assistance grants are a successful component of DOI’s wildland fire management effort, the effort succeeds chiefly through the commitment of individual efforts. As part of the fire management budget, WUI grant funds flow to bureaus from OWFC but without accompanying guidance and direction.

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