We have seen images of raging wildfires forcing residents to flee their homes. As populations continue to shift from urban to rural lands, wildfires will likely pose even greater risks in the future. This initiative was developed as a way to document some of the best, most innovative fire mitigation practices currently underway in the wildland/urban interface. Here are the stories of people from all walks of life in several states in the interior West, with a focus on challenges faced, obstacles overcome & lessons learned. Successful mitigation efforts share common elements: reaching across jurisdictional lines, building community support, accepting personal responsibility, & maintaining sufficient reserves of flexibility, creativity, & patience. Color photos.Brown, Michael D. is the author of 'At Home in the Woods Lessons Learned in the Wildland/urban Interface', published 2004 under ISBN 9780756744991 and ISBN 0756744997.