WiRē – Wildfire Research

The Wildfire Research (WiRē) Center is a nonprofit organization that works with wildfire practitioners to seek locally-tailored pathways to create fire adapted communities.

The mission of the WiRē Center is to support evidence-based community wildfire education efforts so that communities can live with wildfire. Specifically, the WiRē Center provides personalized expertise and support to collect, interpret, and use paired parcel-level wildfire risk and social data. The WiRē Approach enables partners to effectively allocate resources and engage with residents. Leveraging lessons learned across projects, the WiRē Center pursues scientific approaches to inform conversations and decisions about wildfire adaptation.

The WiRē Center builds on the findings and the approach of the WiRē Team, a decade-plus partnership between wildfire practitioners and researchers that focuses on new approaches to integrating local social science into wildfire education and mitigation programs. Researchers within the WiRē Team contribute to WiRē Center goals alongside the Team’s wildfire practitioners. These embedded researchers also develop and conduct research projects based on insights gathered through regular and meaningful interaction with wildfire practitioners.

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