WiRē Team members, Hannah Brenkert-Smith and Chris Barth were asked to introduce the Wildfire Research (WiRē) approach as a part of the monthly Making Mitigation Work webinar series. The Making Mitigation Work series, presented by the Natural Hazards Center in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, features one-hour presentations on topics related to mitigation policy, practice, and research.
The Quiet Majority: Understanding Communities to Make Mitigation Work emphasizes the importance of acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to reducing wildfire risk. Through a systematic understanding about all residents in a community rather than anecdotes from a vocal few, wildfire practitioners can tailor their programs to their specific landscapes and communities. The practitioner-research collaboration model has led to increased relevancy and efficacy of wildfire mitigation programs.