What Motivates Homeowners To Mitigate Fire Risk
Scientists from the Forest Service and university partners interviewed 198 homeowners in six communities in Oregon, Idaho, and Utah about mitigating fire risk. Overall, they found a body of individuals who understood the fire risk and were taking numerous mitigation actions, thought the actions had reduced their risk, intended to maintain their work, and believed that it was their personal responsibility to take care of their own property. The main expectation of most homeowners was that government agencies take care of government land, provide information to homeowners about what they could do, and, in some cases, assist with vegetation disposal. Where federal lands bordered communities (Utah and Oregon) the level of support for fuels management on adjacent public lands was high (83% found thinning acceptable and 62% found prescribed fire around neighborhoods acceptable). This research demonstrates that understanding and support for wildfire mitigation on both private and public property is higher than is often assumed and highlights the importance of agency outreach activities.
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