Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

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| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Fire Adapted Community

  • Travis B. PaveglioEmail author
  • Catrin M. Edgeley
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_114-1



A fire adapted community (FAC) is comprised of residents, land management professionals, local politicians, emergency managers, and fire professionals who collaborate effectively to plan for, respond to, and recover from the evolving risks that fires pose to humans within or outside of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). The shared perspectives and collective actions of people comprising FACs allow fires to occur with minimal impact to human functioning or well-being while reducing the need for active suppression. The membership, size, values, or actions constituting FACs may vary across or within landscapes. Regardless of their composition, members of FACs recognize the important ecological role that fire serves in broader landscapes and promote or mimic its use in ways that support ecosystem health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Natural Resources and Society, College of Natural ResourcesUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA
  2. 2.School of Forestry, College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural SciencesNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Raphaele Blanchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Land & WaterCSIROMelbourneAustralia