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Co-Management of Fire Risk Transmission (CoMFRT)

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A research-management partnership identifying strategies to address cross-boundary fire risk.

Landscape showing an old burned area that is now green with regrowth
Social and ecological components of a fire-prone landscape.

Wildfires do not stop at boundaries. Whether it’s public or private land, increasing the resilience of people and property to wildfire involves everyone who is at risk, as well as those who make decisions about risk in fire-prone landscapes. The Partnership represents a diverse group of coordinated researchers, fire managers in the field, and national and state policymakers.

Overview of CoMFRT Partners - illustrated video:

Partnership objectives

CoMFRT is a research-management partnership that works with communities using a shared learning approach to identify strategies to build resilience.

  • Identify innovative, cross-boundary approaches to co-manage risk in fire-prone landscapes;

  • Highlight ways that improve capacity to co-manage risk in different social and ecological conditions; and

  • Provide recommendations to inform strategic investments that will improve the wildland fire system, sustain communities, and conserve the land


Co-Producing actionable recommendations with partners – illustrated video

Social science can build relevant, actionable knowledge of wildfire through research on human behavior, institutions and governance, community dynamics, and social networks.

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The CoMFRT Project is funded by the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.

USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station Contacts:

Daniel R. Williams • Maureen Essen

Graphic containing logos of partner universities: University of Idaho, Florida State University, Portland State University, University of Montana, University of Colorado Boulder, Washington State University, Utah State University, University of the Aegean