Near Misses and Far-Sightedness: WiRē essay published by the Natural Hazards Center

...the potential to transform our nation’s relationship with wildfire exists and it rests with all of us. Developing an understanding of the benefits wildfire can play in helping us manage our public lands is only one step on the road to wildfire adaptation. But fire can only be allowed on the landscape near homes and … Continue reading Near Misses and Far-Sightedness: WiRē essay published by the Natural Hazards Center

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

Chris Barth interviewed on the FAC Learning Network blog

WiRē team member Chris Barth recently gave a compelling description of his work toward fire adaptation, including his involvement in our collaboration, for the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network blog. Here's a snippet from the post: Describe one of your favorite fire adaptation projects. One of the most innovative efforts that I have been fortunate to … Continue reading Chris Barth interviewed on the FAC Learning Network blog

Thriving Earth Exchange feature on WiRe: Fighting Wildfire Assumptions With Data

Thriving Earth Exchange, a project powered by AGU, recently highlighted WiRe's innovative use of science to inform community wildfire mitigation programs. We tackle assumptions about what’s happening in fire-prone communities by converting them into questions that can be asked and tested," said WiRē - WildfireResearch member Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Ph.D., an environmental socialist at the University … Continue reading Thriving Earth Exchange feature on WiRe: Fighting Wildfire Assumptions With Data

USDA Forest Service video introduces WiRe project

Watch Patty Champ, Research Economist at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, provide an overview of the WiRe project and our collaborative approach. As Patty states, the goal of the WiRe collaboration is "...so we can move away from anecdotes that maybe aren't founded in data to a better description of what's really happening in a community." This clip is … Continue reading USDA Forest Service video introduces WiRe project

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