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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Firefighting: Wildland Urban Interface: Home

A wildland urban interface refers to the zone of transition between unoccupied land and human development, where human-made improvements intermix with wildland fuels.

IFSI Library Lending Policies

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us. We welcome any and all inquiries!


Local Lending

  • Standard loan period is 4 weeks.
  • Extensions are considered upon request.
  • Requested materials can be picked up in person at IFSI.
  • Photo ID is required to establish a lending account.
  • Lending is limited to Illinois residents.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Standard loan period is 6 weeks.
  • IFSI Library materials can be delivered to a patron’s Illinois local library through ILL service.
  • A public library card is required.
  • ILL delivery to your public library may take up to 2 weeks.


"As more and more people live in and around forests, grasslands, shrub lands, and other natural areas—places referred to the wildland-urban interface, or WUI—the fire-related challenges of managing wildlands are on the increase" (USDA, Wildfire, Wildlands, and People: understanding and preparing for wildfire in the wildland-urban interface, 2013).

A cloud of black smoke and a line of fire loom over a town of homes with tan roofs.
This photo depicts the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego, CA. Sourced from the Municipality of Anchorage.

USDA 2013 Report: Wildfire, Wildlands, and People: "Understanding and Preparing for Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface"

Contact IFSI Staff

For Information, Assistance, or User Training Contact:

Phone: 217-333-8925 or Toll Free: 800-437-5819

Fax: 217-333-8379 (Library) or 217-244-6792 (IFSI)


Library Hours

Monday – Friday:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Head Librarian

Lian Ruan:

Reference & User Training Librarian

Diane Richardson:

Assistant Director for Library Operations

David Ehrenhart:

LibGuide created by Hannah Diny
Updated by Inga Fonder and Jeanni Floyd