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Wildland-urban interface residents’ relationships with wildfire: Variation within and across communities

Posted date: November 30, 2018
Publication Year: 
2018
Authors: Meldrum, James R.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Falk, Lilia; Wilson, Pamela; Barth, Christopher M.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Society and Natural Resources. 31(10): 1132-1148.

Abstract

Social science offers rich descriptions of relationships between wildland-urban interface residents and wildfire, but syntheses across different contexts might gloss over important differences. We investigate the potential extent of such differences using data collected consistently in sixty-eight Colorado communities and hierarchical modeling. We find substantial variation across responses for all considered measures, much of which occurs at the community-level. Our results show that many aspects of relationships with wildfire meaningfully differ both within and across communities. Our analysis suggests that some wildfire social science results will be relatively consistent across communities, whereas others will not, and this study contributes evidence to broader efforts for understanding which is which. As such, it provides important guidance for transferring the lessons of wildfire social science studies across contexts, and for practitioners who seek to understand the breadth of viewpoints within the communities with which they work.

Citation

Meldrum, James R.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Falk, Lilia; Wilson, Pamela; Barth, Christopher M. 2018. Wildland-urban interface residents’ relationships with wildfire: Variation within and across communities. Society and Natural Resources. 31(10): 1132-1148.