Welcome to the online home of the WiRē (Wildfire Research) group, an interdisciplinary collaboration focused on homeowner wildfire risk mitigation and community wildfire adaptedness. This website showcases some of our academic and applied findings, reflecting our desire to bridge between use-inspired research and on-the-ground programs, management, and policy. Please see our bios for more information on, or to contact, individual project members.
- The WiRē group consists of researchers and practitioners from numerous institutions:
- Rocky Mountain Research Station
The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of five regional units that make up the US Forest Service Research and Development organization — the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. RMRS’s research program serves the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, Tribes, academia, non-profit groups, and individuals. Its work helps resource managers and planners balance economic, social and environmental demands for forest and rangeland resources worldwide.
- Institute of Behavioral Science
The Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) is a research institute within the Graduate School of the University of Colorado Boulder. Since its establishment in 1957, IBS has provided a setting for interdisciplinary, collaborative research on problems of societal concern. By engaging faculty from all the social and behavioral sciences, IBS encourages work that transcends disciplinary boundaries, that illuminates the complexity of social behavior and social life, and that has important implications for social policy.
- Southwest District Fire Management Program
Southwest District Fire Management provides fire management for lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Southwest Colorado. The principle mission of the Southwest District Fire Management program is to provide mobilization of all emergency response resources utilizing established procedures. Resources are dispatched to anticipated and existing emergency incidents, preparedness activities, severity, as well as wildland and prescribed fire needs.
- FireWise of Southwest Colorado
The FireWise Council of Southwest Colorado strives to keep lives, homes, and property from being damaged by wildfire. The Council provides education, planning and mitigation support to spark wildfire preparedness in the hearts of its neighbors. The Council has part-time coordinators in La Plata, Montezuma, and Archuleta Counties and more than 130 Neighborhood Ambassadors, who are the backbone of the organization. The Council also works closely with a variety of partners including the Colorado State Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Offices of Emergency Management, and local Fire Protection Districts.
- West Region Wildfire Council
The West Region Wildfire Council (WRWC) promotes wildfire preparedness, prevention and mitigation education across Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties. The WRWC’s mission is to mitigate loss due to wildfire in wildland urban interface communities while fostering interagency partnerships to help prepare counties, fire protection districts, communities and agencies to plan for and mitigate potential threats from wildfire. WRWC members include private citizens, local, county, state, and federal agencies with an interest in, and a commitment to addressing wildfire risk across the region. The WRWC provides communities with education about wildfire risk, assists with the development of wildfire planning initiatives and encourages homeowner risk reduction actions through implementing strategic fuels reduction projects and the creation of defensible space.
Along with institutional support for the individual members, the group’s research is funded by the United States Interagency National Fire Plan, Forest Service agreement number 13-CS-11221636–036 and the Joint Fire Science Program, Project ID 14-2-01-31. The National Fire Plan (NFP) was developed in August 2000, following a landmark wildland fire season, with the intent of actively responding to severe wildland fires while ensuring sufficient firefighting capacity for the future. The NFP provides technical, financial, and resource guidance and support for wildland fire management across the United States. The Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) is a partnership of six federal wildland management and research agencies with a need to address problems associated with managing wildland fuels, fires, and fire-impacted ecosystems. The partnering agencies include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service and five bureaus in the U.S. Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Geological Survey.