WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE
A Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is the area where homes and other human developments meet or are intermixed with wildland fire fuels.
A WUI can take many forms, from a defined line of urban structures to a scattered group of houses in a rural subdivision. However, WUIs do not include industrial structures such as oil rigs or factories, or infrastructure like roads, railways, and powerlines.
WUI fires are very dangerous, and multiple agencies must cooperate to keep people safe.
YFNW offers practical knowledge and skill-based training on WUIs. Participants will learn to evaluate potential WUIs, deploy necessary resources safely and efficiently, and take steps to minimize property damage.
Training includes working with fire departments, bylaw services, police, and EMS.
Initial Attack (IA) wildland firefighters are stationed at bases throughout the Yukon and respond immediately to any fire activity in their region. They coordinate with air and rotor-wing attacks and establish ground control of the fire, using dynamic tools including pumps and hoses, hand guards, and chainsaws. We contract our IA wildland firefighters to Yukon communities and are proud of their exemplary leadership and teamwork.
Our Sustained Action (SA) wildland firefighters are deployed to strengthen fire control lines. These 20-person crews handle large-scale objectives and reinforce the Initial Attack. We place new and junior firefighters in SA crews, giving them training and experience in larger units before being stationed remotely on an IA crew.
Yukon First Nations have taken care of the lands for thousands of years. This includes mitigating large fires, controlling hunting grounds, and protecting wildlife. YFNW incorporates Indigenous land management techniques into our entire fuel management portfolio. As stewards of the land, we are obligated to protect nature while ensuring families are safe and thriving on the lands we call home.
Prescribed Fire is the planned and controlled application of fire to specific areas, and is an ecologically appropriate and efficient means of achieving public safety and resource management. This includes enhancing habitat, preparing an area for tree planting, disease eradication, and creation of natural fire breaks.
YFNW crews receive training on traditional animal habitats and Northern land usage. Animal habitat assessments and impact studies, along with traditional knowledge and practices, help determine the least destructive ways to fight wildfire, and to plan for wildfire mitigation.
YFNW provides governments, businesses, organizations, and private citizens with FireSmart mitigation plans, programs, and services. Our certified team offers contract services to clients wishing to reduce their wildfire vulnerability.
In the aftermath of a flood, help is on its way. YFNW helps individuals, businesses, and communities restore land and property to pre-flood condition.