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?
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
If someone asks what your "wildfire risk" is, what do you think about? Do you think about the chance that a wildfire might occur in your county, or your neighborhood? Or maybe on your particular property? What about whether or not your house would burn down if there actually was a wildfire that reached your … Continue reading Wildfire risk is not just the chance of a wildfire happening