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On July 24, 2018 a wildfire threatened homes north of the Utah State Capitol. Crews were able to extinguish the 40-acres of flames, without any losses to life or property.

Where is the Wildland Urban Interface in SLC?

  • Salt Lake City encompasses approximately 97 square miles, and much of this abuts open, undeveloped land.
  • This area is called the Wildland Urban Interface or (WUI).
  • WUI is defined by the U.S. Forest Service as the area where homes meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland vegetation.
  • Homes located within 1/2 mile of open, undeveloped land are included in this WUI.

For exact locations in SLC at risk, download the map here.

What is SLC Fire doing to prepare residents and mitigate fire risk?

  • In 2017, SLC Fire implemented a Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP), which is a cooperative agreement with the State of Utah to help pay for the cost of catastrophic wildfires in the Salt Lake City Fire area/jurisdiction if the city does its part organizing fire prevention, preparedness, and mitigation activities to reduce wildfire risk.
  • These preparedness, prevention and mitigation efforts are measured through our hard-dollar investments and “in-kind” matches from volunteer hours and donations.
  • In return, the state agrees to assume the costs of suppressing catastrophic wildfire when the city delegates a fire’s management to the state.
  • The CWPP is managed by a fire council comprised of representatives from SLC Corp., SLC residents, and other area stakeholders, such as the University of Utah, Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Gardens and This is the Place State Park.
  • The fire council develops public education opportunities and mitigation projects within the city to reduce the wildfire risk to our community.
  • In addition to the CWPP, the SLC Fire has a strong commitment to training our firefighters in wildfire tactics. We constantly seek out new equipment and training methods to improve our skills while protect the neighborhoods and homes we serve.

For a free assessment of your home’s risk of ignition from a wildfire, please contact us at [email protected] or call 801-799-4128.

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The Ready, Set, Go! Program is something that the Salt Lake City Fire Department has been promoting for several years now and is part of the prevention section of the CWPP.  The goal is to improve the dialog between the fire department and residents in order to prepare for wildfire.  This dialog can serve to discuss the wildfire danger in the area, fire resources available during a wildfire, and the role individual residents play in preparedness and evacuations if deemed necessary.  These events happen in neighborhoods within the WUI in the spring as firefighters go door to door handing out wildfire safety information and talking with residents.

The Firewise Program encourages local solutions by involving homeowners in taking responsibility for preparing their houses for the risk of wildfire. Firewise teaches people how to reduce wildfire risk their homes and communities, as well as encourages neighbors to work together and adapt to living in an area at risk for wildfire. Firewise emphasizes that all members of a community have a role to lay in protecting themselves and each other from the risk of wildfire. Salt Lake City Fire would like to see Salt Lake City recognized as a Firewise community.