wild·​land ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-ˌland How to pronounce wildland (audio)
: land that is uncultivated or unfit for cultivation

Examples of wildland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With record-setting blazes becoming more and more common, the demands placed on wildland firefighters are greater than ever. Connor Goodwin, ProPublica, 19 Apr. 2024 But California since 2017 has spent $3.7 billion on wildland fuel reduction, thinning and vegetation management, Becker said. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, 17 Apr. 2024 The event, which runs from April 20 to April 28, celebrates wildlands of different shapes and sizes with various events and activations to engage outdoor enthusiasts and inspire conservation. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 15 Apr. 2024 The aggressive actions against Snodgrass’s crew, which followed previous abrasive incidents in the area, included swerving in front of wildland fire engines, and almost hitting a Forest Service four-wheeler, according to firefighters with knowledge of the incident. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2024 As development expands into Southern California wildlands, black bears can remain active year-round due to abundant accessible human food, garbage cans, gardens, homes and vehicles. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Even better if those experiences can be had in some of the West’s magnificent wildlands. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 Every year, returning federal wildland firefighters take a refresher course covering safety practices. ProPublica, 16 Mar. 2024 Rex Frazier, president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California, said insurers lost more than two decades’ worth of profits from the wildfires of 2017 and 2018, and people may have to pay more to live in wildland areas. Janie Har, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wildland was in 1686

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“Wildland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildland. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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