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

Living Edition
| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Defensive Actions and People Preparedness

  • Tara McGeeEmail author
  • Christine Eriksen
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_93-1



Defensive actions can be undertaken by homeowners to help protect themselves and their home from a WUI fire (wildfire impacting the wildland-urban interface).


Defensive actions include preparedness and mitigation measures. Preparedness decision-making and actions enable individuals and groups to respond effectively when a WUI fire occurs in order to protect their life. Mitigation measures can be completed in advance to help reduce negative impacts from a WUI fire to a person’s life and property. Implementing defensive actions well in advance of the fire season can both reduce community vulnerability and increase resilience to WUI fires. It is an important element of adaptive capacity that allows people to coexist with the hazardous environment in which they live.

Being well-prepared for WUI fire involves both physical and mental preparedness measures. Making a plan for how to respond if a fire occurs nearby may involve residents...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Geography and Sustainable CommunitiesUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

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