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Is seeing believing? Perceptions of wildfire risk over time

Publications Posted on: September 12, 2016
Ongoing challenges to understanding how hazard exposure and disaster experiences influence perceived risk lead us to ask: Is seeing believing? We approach risk perception by attending to two components of overall risk perception: perceived probability of an event occurring and perceived consequences if an event occurs.

Rebuilding after wildfire: New development outpaces rebuilds

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 27, 2015
When wildland fires destroy buildings, do people rebuild? Using aerial and satellite imagery, RMRS researchers have been tracking construction in areas burned by wildland fires and the findings reveal that new development outpaces the reconstruction of burned areas. This study shows that the number of buildings inside the perimeter five years after the wildfires was greater than the number of buildings before the fires.

Living in a tinderbox: wildfire risk perceptions and mitigating behaviours

Publications Posted on: September 10, 2013
The loss of homes to wildfires is an important issue in the USA and other countries. Yet many homeowners living in fire-prone areas do not undertake mitigating actions, such as clearing vegetation, to decrease the risk of losing their home.