Latest WiRē journal article finds that “where you stand depends on where you sit”

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”

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New WiRē data report emphasizes visual communication

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

Infusing social science into wildfire education programs through collaboration and systematic data collection (webinar)

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?

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?

Will linking wildfire to climate change encourage people to reduce their wildfire risk?

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?

Wildfire risk perceptions go up after a major fire… don’t they?

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?

WUI residents and professionals view their wildfire risks differently

As reported in a recent CU Press Release, when we analyze survey and professional assessment data for WUI properties in southwestern CO, we find that the vast majority of people living in areas prone to wildfires know they face risk, but they tend to underestimate that risk compared with wildfire professionals. Specifically, focusing on data collected … Continue reading WUI residents and professionals view their wildfire risks differently