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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

Compounded heat and fire risk for future U.S. populations

Science Spotlights Posted on: July 27, 2020
Overall, U.S. residents will have greater exposure to fire hazard and heat over time due to climate change. Movement to urban centers will help offset exposure to fire but not heat because urban areas are heat islands. Compound risk occurs due to interactions among hazards, resulting in greater risk than the sum of independent events.

Colorado Front Range fuel photo series

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This photo series was developed to help fire managers estimate ground and surface fuel loads that exist in cover types of the Southern Colorado Front Range wildland-urban interface. Photos and associated data representing low, medium, and high fuel loadings from this study are presented by forest type, along with examples of typical or median fuel loadings that were encountered.

Compounded heat and fire risk for future U.S. populations

Publications Posted on: June 10, 2020
Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme events, resulting in social and economic challenges. I examined recent past (1971–2000), current and near future (2010-2039), and future (2040-2069) fire and heat hazard combined with population growth by different regions and residential densities (i.e., exurban low and high densities, suburban, and urban low and high densities). Regional values for extreme fire weather days varied greatly.

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.

Break-even point: Suppression-cost analyses in Montana weigh resource values as determined by tax records and available GIS data

Publications Posted on: March 12, 2020
Over the past decade, an increase in larger wildland fires has converged with rapid growth in the wildland-urban interface. Suppression resources, including firefighters, equipment and money, are pressed to their limits. Attacking every fire with equal priority is not an-option, as some play an essential role in keeping forests healthy.

Thoughts on the wildland-urban interface fire problem

Publications Posted on: March 12, 2020
The USDA Forest Service along with the National Fire Protection Association generated the National Wildland-Urban Interface Initiative in response to the residential fire destruction during the 1985 fire season. Since 1990, political attention has increased to homes destroyed and communities evacuated during extreme wildland fires. Wildlandurban interface fire spectacles dominated the 2002 U.S. fire season.

Exploring wildfire-prone community trust in wildfire management agencies

Publications Posted on: February 18, 2020
This research examines how trustworthy wildfire management agencies are perceived to be in five wildfire-prone communities. Trust was most often expressed in the context of agency abilities or competence (calculative trust), whereas distrust was framed in the context of intentions or the belief that the agency is not acting in the best interest of the community (relational trust).

Living with Wildfire in Montezuma County, Colorado: 2015 Data Report

Publications Posted on: March 25, 2019
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire, for people with homes in select communities in Montezuma County, Colorado.

Living with wildfire in La Plata County, Colorado: 2015 data report

Publications Posted on: March 25, 2019
Residents in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) can play an important role in reducing wildfire’s negative effects by performing wildfire risk mitigation on their property. This report offers insight into the wildfire risk mitigation activities and related considerations, such as attitudes, experiences, and concern about wildfire, for people with homes in select communities in La Plata County, Colorado.

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