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Classifying large wildfires in the United States by land cover

Publications Posted on: September 28, 2020
Fire is an ecological process that also has socio-economic effects. To learn more about fire occurrence, I examined relationships between land classes and about 12,000 spatially delineated large wildfires (defined here as uncontrolled fires _200 ha, although definitions vary) during 1999 to 2017 in the conterminous United States.

Reclassifying the wildland–urban interface using fire occurrences for the United States

Science Spotlights Posted on: July 31, 2020
The wildland–urban interface (WUI) occurs at the intersection of houses and undeveloped wildlands, where fire is a safety concern for communities. Previous definitions of the WUI do not explicitly account for differences in fire risk, but data are now available to use objective measures of fire occurrence to refine the definition by assessing the housing densities where fires actually occurred. 

Reclassifying the wildland-urban interface using fire occurrences for the United States

Publications Posted on: July 22, 2020
The wildland–urban interface (WUI) occurs at the intersection of houses and undeveloped wildlands, where fire is a safety concern for communities, motivating investment in planning, protection, and risk mitigation.

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.

Summary of workshop large outdoor fires and the built environment

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2018
Large outdoor fires present a risk to the built environment. Wildfires that spread into communities, referred to as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, have destroyed communities throughout the world, and are an emerging problem in fire safety science. Other examples are large urban fires including those that have occurred after earthquakes.

Responding to risky neighbors: Testing for spatial spillover effects for defensible space in a fire-prone WUI community

Publications Posted on: September 26, 2018
Often, factors that determine the risk of an environmental hazard occur at landscape scales, and risk mitigation requires action by multiple private property owners. How property owners respond to risk mitigation on neighboring lands depends on whether mitigation actions are strategic complements or strategic substitutes. We test for these neighbor interactions with a case study on wildfire risk mitigation on private properties.

Recovery and adaptation after wildfire on the Colorado Front Range (2010–12)

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2016
Following the loss of homes to wildfire, when risk has been made apparent, homeowners must decide whether to rebuild, and choose materials and vegetation, while local governments guide recovery and rebuilding. As wildfires are smaller and more localised than other disasters, it is unclear if recovery after wildfire results in policy change and adaptation, decreasing assets at risk, or if recovery encourages reinvestment in hazard-prone areas.

Wildfire Research WiRe

Media Gallery Posted on: August 18, 2016
Supporting images for The Wildfire Research Team (WiRe).

Living with fire: How social scientists are helping wildland-urban interface communities reduce wildfire risk

Publications Posted on: May 20, 2016
Reducing wildfire risk to lives and property is a critical issue for policy makers, land managers, and citizens who reside in high-risk fire areas of the United States - this is especially the case in the Rocky Mountain region and other western states. In order for a wildfire risk reduction effort to be effective in a U.S. wildland-urban interface (WUI) community, the risk reduction effort must include community support and engagement.

Examining alternative fuel management strategies and the relative contribution of National Forest System land to wildfire risk to adjacent homes - A pilot assessment on the Sierra National Forest, California, USA

Publications Posted on: March 29, 2016
Determining the degree of risk that wildfires pose to homes, where across the landscape the risk originates, and who can best mitigate risk are integral elements of effective co-management of wildfire risk.