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Keyword: wildfire risk

Where you stand depends on where you sit: Qualitative inquiry into notions of fire adaptation

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2017
Wildfire and the threat it poses to society represents an example of the complex, dynamic relationship between social and ecological systems. Increasingly, wildfire adaptation is posited as a pathway to shift the approach to fire from a suppression paradigm that seeks to control fire to a paradigm that focuses on “living with” and “adapting to” wildfire.

Pathology of wildfire risk: A characterization of social and ecological dimensions

Publications Posted on: September 25, 2017
Despite dramatic increases in suppression spending, the risk of life and property loss associated with wildfire has continued to rise in recent decades. Economic losses from wildfires have doubled in the United States and suppression expenses have tripled between 2002 and 2012 compared to the decade prior. Loss of property to wildfire has outpaced efforts to reduce wildfire risk through thinning and prescribed burning.

Wildfire risk to residential structures in the Island Park Sustainable Fire Community: Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2016
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community (IPSFC) Project is a collaborative working group of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies (www.islandparkfirecommunity.com) working to create fire-resilient ecosystems in and around the human communities of West Yellowstone, Montana and Island Park, Idaho.

Wildfire risk to structures: Island Park Sustainable Fire Community

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2016
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community (IPSFC) project area covers approximately 750,000 acres and includes portions of the Island Park and Ashton Ranger Districts of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho and the Hebgen Basin of the Hebgen Lake Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana.

Application of the wildfire risk assessment framework

Projects Posted on: July 25, 2016
In 2015, analysts with Fire Modeling Institute (FMI) continued to be involved with application of a wildfire risk assessment framework developed largely by RMRS scientists from both the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program and the Human Dimensions Program. The risk assessment framework is useful for multiple reasons: it provides a means to assess the potential risk posed by wildfire to specific highly valued resources and assets (HVRAs) across large landscapes, and it also provides a scientifically-based foundation for fire managers to think strategically and proactively about how to best manage fire and fuels on their landscapes in a way that integrates with broader land and resource management goals.  

Exploring how alternative mapping approaches influence fireshed assessment and human community exposure to wildfire

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Attaining fire-adapted human communities has become a key focus of collaborative planning on landscapes across the western United States and elsewhere. The coupling of fire simulation with GIS has expanded the analytical base to support such planning efforts, particularly through the "fireside" concept that identifies areas where wildfires could ignite and reach a human community.

Climate change beliefs and hazard mitigation behaviors: Homeowners and wildfire risk

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Downscaled climate models provide projections of how climate change may exacerbate the local impacts of natural hazards. The extent to which people facing exacerbated hazard conditions understand or respond to climate-related changes to local hazards has been largely overlooked.

Living with wildfire in Colorado - Boulder and Larimer Counties

Projects Posted on: September 16, 2015
Homeowners who choose to build or buy homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) are sometimes viewed as irresponsible for expecting their homes to be protected by government firefighters when a wildfire breaks out, or for counting on their insurance companies to cover any property losses. But is this really a fair assessment?

Assessing wildfire risk to communities and to natural and cultural resources

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2015
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists affiliated with the National Fire Decision Support Center worked closely with the Agency's Western and Eastern Threat Centers to develop novel methods to assess wildfire risk to communities, watersheds, and wildlife habitat, and to developed, natural, and cultural resources. 

Practical uses for fire simulations

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 21, 2015
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists have developed a simulation system designed to estimate wildfire risk for Fire Planning Units (FPUs) across the conterminous United States. This research demonstrates a practical approach to using fire simulations at very broad scales for operational planning and ecological research. Findings are being used in national wildfire decision support applications such as the Forest Service and Department of Interior Hazardous Fuel Prioritization and Allocation System, and to create national maps of wildfire potential. 

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