Population deconcentration in the U.S. has resulted in rapid development in the outlying fringe of metropolitan areas and in rural areas with attractive recreational and aesthetic amenities, especially forests. This demographic change is increasing the size of the wildland-urban interface (WUI), defined as the area where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland. The expansion of the WUI in recent decades has significant implications for wildfire management and impact. The WUI creates an environment in which fire can move readily between structural and vegetation fuels. Its expansion has increased the likelihood that wildfires will threaten structures and people.
WILDLAND FIRE INFORMATION:
Vegetation management plays a critical role in reducing the risks and spread of fire in the hazardous hill area of Berkeley.
Fire companies conduct hazardous fire area inspections annually between May and September.
The removal of excess vegetation and weeds can be accomplished through the Chipper and Debris Bin Program. For more information about the Fire Prevention Division, call 981-5585.
Wildland Fire Season
Each year, thousands of acres of wild land and hundreds of homes are destroyed by wildfires. To help protect our families and property, there are certain precautionary steps we should all follow.
Fire Prevention Links