“There is no one size-fits-all solution to reducing wildfire risk. Solutions must be tailored to landscapes and communities.” ~ National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
What strategies to address wildfire risk take into account community diversity and work effectively across different social contexts?
What institutional relationships and mechanisms allow people to work together to share and co-manage risk?
How can agencies and communities build capacity for cross-boundary and adaptive governance, and for collaboration?
How is knowledge used to address and enable adaptation to cross-boundary wildfire risk?
The CoMFRT research team is organized into six subteams and includes individuals from several universities and the USDA Forest Service. Each CoMFRT subteam engages with individuals and organizations active in wildfire management and other Partnership subteams to investigate cross-boundary wildfire risk management.
Fire-prone landscapes, or hotspots (circled below in blue), were first identified using a west-wide model designed to identify areas with an especially high risk of wildfire transmission from USFS-managed lands to private property. From these hotspots, North Central Washington was selected as the first study site followed by the Washach area of Utah.
The aim of the CoMFRT Partnership is to co-produce it in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service, and our local and regional partners. Co-production is an iterative research process that brings together partners with different expertise, from within academia and beyond, to develop research tailored to a specific context and problem. By engaging in co-production, the CoMFRT project recognizes that academics need to work in collaboration with the various people and agencies working on wildfire to understand the complex management issues presented by growing wildfire risk. The CoMFRT research team has adopted the co-production approach and acknowledges that their work must be informed by the talented managers who regularly grapple with wildfire risk.
The overarching direction of the CoMFRT project is co-produced through a series of conversations between the project research team and partners from the Fire and Aviation branch of the USDA Forest Service. The research team then works with local and regional partners to ensure that the research is meaningful to them, and will provide useful insights for partners working to manage wildfire risk both within project study sites and beyond.