Do you ever wonder how much the findings from social science studies change across different communities? WiRē - WildfireResearch's latest academic paper, Wildland–Urban Interface Residents’ Relationships with Wildfire: Variation Within and Across Communities presents evidence on how our survey results differ both within and across communities. Social science offers rich descriptions of relationships between wildland–urban … Continue reading WiRē publication explores community variation in wildland fire-related survey results
The latest WiRē research publication investigates what it means to adapt to wildfire through conversations with a range of stakeholders. Study participants provided insights into the meaning, relevance, and use of the concept of fire adaptation as it relates to their wildfire-related activities. A key finding of this investigation suggests that social scale is of … Continue reading Latest WiRē journal article finds that “where you stand depends on where you sit”
The latest WiRē data report, published as a Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) Research Note in February 2017, reflects an evolution in our approach to communication. In earlier data reports, we followed typical academic practices, with most of the space devoted to text describing the data and maybe a handful of tables. In contrast, this latest report emphasizes … Continue reading New WiRē data report emphasizes visual communication
Listen to the WiRē team present describe our approach and present some of our recent results and successes. We have developed a household and community level data collection approach that informs wildfire education programs tailored to the unique characteristics of the community and its residents. The systematic data serve as a baseline to monitor changes in biophysical … Continue reading Infusing social science into wildfire education programs through collaboration and systematic data collection (webinar)
Do people living in the WUI expect the fire department to save their home in a wildfire? Many do, but maybe fewer than you think. Over the past few years, WRWC surveyed nearly 1600 WUI residents in three counties in southwestern Colorado. These surveys asked: "If there is a wildfire on your property, how likely do … Continue reading Do people living in the WUI expect the fire department to save their home in a wildfire?
Most residents in the Boulder or Larimer county WUI understand that climate change is happening. However, in a 2010 survey of these Colorado residents, nearly 1 in 10 believe that wildfire risk is not related to climate change, and nearly half of them do not believe that climate change has increased the wildfire risk in … Continue reading Will linking wildfire to climate change encourage people to reduce their wildfire risk?
It might seem like a given that people who have experienced a major fire think they are at greater risk of wildfire. It's common to hear anecdotes of living through a wildfire acting as a "wakeup call" for WUI residents to start mitigating the wildfire risks on their property. Indeed, conventional wisdom holds that risk … Continue reading Wildfire risk perceptions go up after a major fire… don’t they?