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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.

Wildfire risk to structures: Island Park Sustainable Fire Community

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2016
The Island Park Sustainable Fire Community (IPSFC) project area covers approximately 750,000 acres and includes portions of the Island Park and Ashton Ranger Districts of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho and the Hebgen Basin of the Hebgen Lake Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana.

Application of the wildfire risk assessment framework

Projects Posted on: July 25, 2016
In 2015, analysts with Fire Modeling Institute (FMI) continued to be involved with application of a wildfire risk assessment framework developed largely by RMRS scientists from both the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program and the Human Dimensions Program. The risk assessment framework is useful for multiple reasons: it provides a means to assess the potential risk posed by wildfire to specific highly valued resources and assets (HVRAs) across large landscapes, and it also provides a scientifically-based foundation for fire managers to think strategically and proactively about how to best manage fire and fuels on their landscapes in a way that integrates with broader land and resource management goals.  

Exploring how alternative mapping approaches influence fireshed assessment and human community exposure to wildfire

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Attaining fire-adapted human communities has become a key focus of collaborative planning on landscapes across the western United States and elsewhere. The coupling of fire simulation with GIS has expanded the analytical base to support such planning efforts, particularly through the "fireside" concept that identifies areas where wildfires could ignite and reach a human community.

Climate change beliefs and hazard mitigation behaviors: Homeowners and wildfire risk

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2015
Downscaled climate models provide projections of how climate change may exacerbate the local impacts of natural hazards. The extent to which people facing exacerbated hazard conditions understand or respond to climate-related changes to local hazards has been largely overlooked.