Wildland Fire Policy Committee
About the Committee
The Wildland Fire Policy Committee (WFPC) is the IAFC's voice promoting nationwide efforts to reduce wildfire threats through aggressive prevention, public information and education, mitigation, and preparation and response efforts. To do so, the committee keeps abreast of emerging wildland and wildland-urban interface issues facing the fire service and responds accordingly. Committee members are subject matter experts and represent the IAFC on national wildland fire leadership groups and at meetings.
The wildland-urban interface (WUI) is the fastest growing problem in the United States. This problem is growing each day as millions of people continue to build homes in high-risk interface areas and as local, state and federal government attempts to address fuel modification in the interface continue to meet social resistance to a balanced fuels reduction plan. The direct threat to life and high-valued property in the interface (suburbs) has been demonstrated in cities, towns, counties and communities throughout the country. The direct and indirect costs of an extreme fire event can reach multi-billion dollar dimensions; impacts on the infrastructure of a community can include damage and disruption of water supply, utilities and transportation systems. These fires threaten high-value community assets including recreational resources, cultural icons, endangered species, grazing crops, jobs, and community health and commerce.
Please visit the Wildand Urban Interface resource page
If you're interested in learning more about the committee and their work, please contact staff liaision Shawn P. Stokes.
Chief Bob Roper, Ret.
Ventura County (CA) Fire Department
Shawn P. Stokes
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