Resource Protection > Wildfire Mitigation
Wildfire Mitigation is the reduction of risk from wildfires through hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire.
Texas has identified 14,506 communities as being at risk for wildland fire. Many populated areas are at risk due to the increased number of human-caused fires and the homes these fires threaten.
Texas A&M Forest Service assigns a high priority to year-round efforts to reduce hazardous conditions and risks to citizens and property. To be effective, these efforts must be based on local assessments and initiated prior to a developing fire season. Communities and property owners are encouraged to take a prominent role in eliminating their risk and hazards, particularly in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas --- where urban developments (subdivisions, malls and other community growth) meet natural areas such as the surrounding forests and fields.
Organized community protection activity can greatly reduce damage and losses even when large wildfires still occur.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
Texas Forest Service has developed a user-friendly set of guides and tools-the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (link to CWPP Page)-to aid communities wishing to reduce the risk wildfires pose to homes, businesses and natural resources on which so many of the communities in Texas depend.
One of the tools in hazard reduction efforts is the removal of heavy vegetation growth under controlled conditions to reduce the fuels available to future wildfires.