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Keyword: community wildfire risk

Wildfire exposure to the wildland urban interface in the western US

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2019
Predicting wildfire disasters presents a major challenge to the field of risk science, especially when fires propagate long distances through diverse fuel types and complex terrain. A good example is in the western US where large tracts of public lands routinely experience large fires that spread from remote wildlands into developed areas and cause structure loss and fatalities.

Cross-boundary wildfire and community exposure: A framework and application in the western U.S.

Publications Posted on: June 10, 2019
In this report we provide a framework for assessing cross-boundary wildfire exposure and a case study application in the western U.S. The case study provides detailed mapping and tabular decision support materials for prioritizing fuel management investments aimed at reducing wildfire exposure to communities located proximal to national forests. The work was motivated by a number of factors, including a request from U.S.

Fire on the mountain: What motivates homeowners to reduce their wildfire risk?

Pages Posted on: May 14, 2018
  New home building in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) continues unabated, despite the high financial and human costs of fighting fires in these areas. The goal of this research is to understand, through surveys and expert assessments, the attitudes and perceptions of WUI homeowners as related to taking action to reduce wildfire risk on their property. In a two-county survey in Colorado, it was found that the most important sources of information for WUI residents related to taking action were informal social networks (such as talking with neighbors) and guidance from local fire departments and county wildfire specialists. This research helps to further our understanding of how education and outreach can play a role in moving homeowners to better understand the ongoing risk that wildfire poses in the WUI so they can take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their property.