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Understanding homeowner preparation and intended actions when threatened by a wildfireAuthor(s): Sarah M. McCaffrey; Greg Winter
Source: In: McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. 2011. Proceedings of the second conference on the human dimensions of wildland fire. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-84. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 88-95.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionAs wildland fires affect more houses, increasing attention is being paid to how homeowners in affected areas respond to the wildfire threat. Most research on homeowner responses to wildfire has focused on actions homeowners take before a fire to mitigate their fire risk, particularly vegetation management. Less attention has been paid to homeowner response during fires, their planned course of action, and whether or not they understand which preparation and response actions contribute to or reduce the risk to their property and lives during a fire. In addition, given anecdotal evidence that homeowners do not always choose to evacuate, a better understanding of intended actions during a fire is of growing importance. This paper presents preliminary findings from a survey in California, Florida, and Montana. The survey was designed to assess homeowners’ mitigation actions before a fire, their planned course of action if their property is threatened by a fire, and factors that influence homeowners’ responses before and during fires. Results indicate that homeowners are taking responsibility for mitigating their property’s risk and a significant proportion plan to protect their property during a fire.
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CitationMcCaffrey, Sarah; Winter, Greg. 2011. Understanding homeowner preparation and intended actions when threatened by a wildfire. In: McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. 2011. Proceedings of the second conference on the human dimensions of wildland fire. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-84. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 88-95.
- Understanding public perspectives of wildfire risk
- Outreach programs, peer pressure, and common sense: What motivates homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk?
- What parts of a house and yard landscape are homeowners maintaining for wildfire safety?
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