To better inform managers, there is a need for research to better explore many facets of WUI fires, including: hazard and risk assessment at small (e.g. community) scales; WUI fire behavior, including structure-to-structure spread; Structure exposure and vulnerability to both firebrands and heat; and Economic cost-benefit analyses of mitigation activities.
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Mell, W.E., S.L. Manzello, A. Maranghides, D. Butry and R.G. Rehm. 2010. The Wildland-Urban Interface fire problem - Current approaches and research needs. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19(2):238-51.