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Wildfire risk reduction in the United States: Leadership staff perceptions of local fire department roles and responsibilities

Publications Posted on: January 10, 2018
As wildland fires have had increasing negative impacts on a range of human values, in many parts of the United States (U.S.) and around the world, collaborative risk reduction efforts among agencies, homeowners, and fire departments are needed to improve wildfire safety and mitigate risk.

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.

Black belt landowners respond to State-sponsored wildland fire mitigation policies and programs

Publications Posted on: September 15, 2011
This investigation focused on nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) landowners in selected counties across five States in the Southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina). These counties are located in the Southern Black Belt region, which has higher than average percentages of African-American residents and higher poverty rates than the United States as a whole.

Modeling forest planning trade-offs on the Colorado Front Range using MAGIS, an optimization, spatial decision support system

Publications Posted on: September 10, 2007
The fires of 2000 and 2002 catalyzed a national mandate for fuel treatment programs to facilitate wildfire mitigation, yet the issues that need to be considered when planning large landscape projects are daunting, often ending in gridlock due to planning conflicts. Hazardous fuels maps help little when planning for integrated, system-wide ecological objectives and fail to address the complex, contentious social issues inherent in the process.

Wildfire Mitigation and Private Lands: Managing Long-Term Vulnerabilities

Publications Posted on: March 08, 2007
Long-term management of wildfire vulnerability requires strategies that address complex interactions between fire ecology and human settlement. In this paper, we examine the integration of wildfire mitigation and land use planning in county governments in the western U.S. This research relies on data from two sources. First, we conducted a survey of land use mitigations in over 300 forested counties in the Western United States.