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A New Community-Based Tool to Assess Wildfire Risk

Documents and Media Posted on: September 21, 2020
  The Wildfire Risk to Communities website is a one-stop resource where citizens and community leaders can assess the wildfire risk of their area and find resources to reduce the risk. Document Type: Other Documents

Wildfire Risk to Communities

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 11, 2020
The Wildfire Risk to Communities website provides a nationwide view of wildfire risk potential, allowing users to see how individual states, counties, or communities compare to others across the country. These maps are powered by datasets developed by RMRS. 

Fire deficit increases wildfire risk for many communities in the Canadian boreal forest

Publications Posted on: May 04, 2020
The top priority of fire management agencies in Canada is to protect human life and property. Here we investigate if decades of aggressive fire suppression in the boreal biome of Canada has reduced the proportion of recently burned forests near human communities, and thereby inadvertently increased the risk of wildfire.

Example specifications for fuels treatment contract

Publications Posted on: December 18, 2019
The recent impetus to reduce wildfire risk in urban interface forests of the Colorado Front Range has resulted in the adoption of mechanized thinning to reduce forest density. Lack of suitable markets for the resulting biomass has further prompted the use of in-the-woods chipping and mastication (chunking) to reduce the flammability of the material and scatter it on-site.

Partnership Goals

Pages Posted on: April 25, 2019
CoMFRT Research Team in North Central Washington. There is no such thing as a univer

Partnership Overview

Pages Posted on: April 25, 2019
“There is no one size-fits-all solution to reducing wildfire risk. Solutions must be tailored to landscapes and communities.” ~ National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

Fire on the mountain: What motivates homeowners to reduce their wildfire risk?

Pages Posted on: May 14, 2018
  New home building in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) continues unabated, despite the high financial and human costs of fighting fires in these areas. The goal of this research is to understand, through surveys and expert assessments, the attitudes and perceptions of WUI homeowners as related to taking action to reduce wildfire risk on their property. In a two-county survey in Colorado, it was found that the most important sources of information for WUI residents related to taking action were informal social networks (such as talking with neighbors) and guidance from local fire departments and county wildfire specialists. This research helps to further our understanding of how education and outreach can play a role in moving homeowners to better understand the ongoing risk that wildfire poses in the WUI so they can take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their property.

Where you stand depends on where you sit: Qualitative inquiry into notions of fire adaptation

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2017
Wildfire and the threat it poses to society represents an example of the complex, dynamic relationship between social and ecological systems. Increasingly, wildfire adaptation is posited as a pathway to shift the approach to fire from a suppression paradigm that seeks to control fire to a paradigm that focuses on “living with” and “adapting to” wildfire.

Pathology of wildfire risk: A characterization of social and ecological dimensions

Publications Posted on: September 25, 2017
Despite dramatic increases in suppression spending, the risk of life and property loss associated with wildfire has continued to rise in recent decades. Economic losses from wildfires have doubled in the United States and suppression expenses have tripled between 2002 and 2012 compared to the decade prior. Loss of property to wildfire has outpaced efforts to reduce wildfire risk through thinning and prescribed burning.

Wildfire risk to residential structures in the Island Park Sustainable Fire Community: Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2016
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community (IPSFC) Project is a collaborative working group of citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies ( working to create fire-resilient ecosystems in and around the human communities of West Yellowstone, Montana and Island Park, Idaho.