The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is mandated by the legislature to manage wildland fire on state and private lands that are not inside city limits. Historically the focus was on suppression only.
However, after the National Fire Plan, the Division’s Wildland Urban Interface Program was initiated. The program involves working with local governments, communities and private landowners on discussing the area’s wildfire threat and the predicted impacts (values at risk). With this awareness effort, staff assist with the development of Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans (yes, in Utah we “changed” the title) and identify actions within the designated area to reduce the wildfire risk.
If the landowners or community identify a fuel reduction project, Division staff works with them on grant applications, project layout and implementation.
Staff also attend numerous community events and continue with outreach and community engagement. Annually we assist communities with over 30 community chipping projects.
Staff are also trained to provide property assessments to landowners that request them.