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Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Needs- Summary Report



Nelson P. Bryner, Erik L. Johnsson


In response to the increasing losses due to WUI fires and to ensure that measurement science keeps pace with needed improvements in materials, fire-resistant design, mitigation response, and building and fire codes, NIST sponsored the Workshop on Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Needs on August 15–16, 2012, in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop provided an opportunity for experts in WUI fire behavior, protection, codes, and mitigation to collectively determine the areas of research that will have the most impact in mitigating the hazards associated with WUI fires. Workshop participants identified the following high-priority research areas for WUI fires including: a) hardening of structures, b)specifying performance standards and needs, c)understanding ignition phenomena, d)educating stakeholders on ignition prevention, e)improving tools for post-fire evaluation, f)unifying and improving effectiveness of response teams, and g)enhancing fuels management. Report summarizes the results of the workshop and will serve to guide NIST in pursuing a portfolio of programs that are focused on providing the measurement science needed to enable communities that are exposed to WUI fires to become more fire resistant. It can also be used by both the public and private sectors to guide policy, R&D, and other decision making relevant to this important area.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1150
Report Number


Fire, fire codes, fire resistant design, fire spread, ignition, fire mitigation, fire research needs, Wildland, Wildland-Urban Interface


Bryner, N. and Johnsson, E. (2013), Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Research Needs- Summary Report, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 13, 2024)
Created May 14, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018