Capability Gap

[4.CGF.2]

Lack of a Standardized and Interdisciplinary Methodology for Developing Wildland Urban Interface Prevention Plans

Background

  • Stakeholders (First Responders, local authorities, and homeowners/residents) elaborate prevention plans individually, often following different methodologies

Workshop Findings

First Responders, local and regional authorities, homeowners, residents developed prevention plans individually (if they develop any), without consultation and guidance from authorities, (which in many cases are not capable of issuing specific WUI prevention plans) often following different methodologies. As such, there is Lack of a Standardized and Interdisciplinary Methodology for Developing Wildland Urban Interface Prevention Plans.

Building regulations and standards that apply to urban environments are usually applied in residential areas located in Wildland-Urban environments. For WUI areas the spread of fire is different than urban environments. Therefore, different risk metric should apply, in wild-land-urban environment. There is lack of ‘tools’ that will produce WUI fire prevention plans at local and regional level. 

Technology Dimension Attributes
Lack of tools that will take into consideration WUI risk metrics and predict the spread of fires in WUI residential areas, assess fire performance of structures and mitigate effects of fires on structures in WUI areas through science-based codes and standards for the construction of buildings and plans within these areas.

Operational Challenges

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General description of operational capability

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Current Capabilities

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Additional Considerations

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