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Wildfire and Social Vulnerability

Snapshot : As part of a Joint Fire Science Project, SRS scientists examined the association between biophysical wildland fire risk and social vulnerability in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina-using data from the Southern Group of State Foresters' Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment and the U.S. Bureau of Census.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Johnson Gaither, Cassandra 
Research Location : Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 260

Summary

Recent work in the human dimensions field of wildland fire risk suggests that there are additional risk factors for people who live in areas prone to wildland fire, particularly those people who fall into the census block group of social vulnerability. Social vulnerability is defined as the percent of the population in a census block group of citizens who are African American, fall below the poverty line, have less than a high school education, and live in a mobile home or a rental unit. As part of a Joint Fire Science Project, SRS scientists examined the association between biophysical wildland fire risk and social vulnerability in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina-using data from the Southern Group of State Foresters' Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment and the U.S. Bureau of Census.

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Priority Areas

  • Wildland Fire and Fuels
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