Wildland-urban interface population (IMAGE) Stanford University Caption Within transition zones in the Western U.S. where homes and wilderness intermix, population has grown rapidly in places where plant-water sensitivity drives high wildfire hazards. Credit Image credit: Adapted from Rao et al, 2021, Nature Ecology and Evolution Usage Restrictions Credit must be given to the creator. No derivatives or adaptations of the work are permitted. License CC BY-ND Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.