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WiRē launching NSF-funded project on behavioral economics in the WUI

WiRē - WildfireResearch is excited to announce a new National Science Foundation funded research project: Behavioral nudges in a wildfire risk context: Social comparison and community type. This three year project (2018-2021) will extend current efforts to test low-cost messaging to encourage wildfire risk reduction activities among homeowners in fire-prone communities.

WiRē publication explores community variation in wildland fire-related survey results

Do you ever wonder how much the findings from social science studies change across different communities? WiRē - WildfireResearch's latest academic paper, Wildland–Urban Interface Residents’ Relationships with Wildfire: Variation Within and Across Communities presents evidence on how our survey results differ both within and across communities. Social science offers rich descriptions of relationships between wildland–urban … Continue reading WiRē publication explores community variation in wildland fire-related survey results

WiRē’s Patty Champ to deliver keynote for 2018 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference

WiRē - WildfireResearch's own Patty Champ is the keynote speaker at the 2018 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference. Patty is a scientist at the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, CO. Over the past fifteen years she has focused on economic issues related to wildfire such as the economic costs of wildfire … Continue reading WiRē’s Patty Champ to deliver keynote for 2018 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference

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”

Patty Champ represents WiRē at the National Academies

In March 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a workshop: "A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-Term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management." As described by the National Academies: The costs of wildland fire in the United States are enormous, not only in terms of the financial impacts of fire … Continue reading Patty Champ represents WiRē at the National Academies

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