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Adapting to wildfire: Rebuilding after home lossAuthor(s): Miranda H. Mockrin; Susan I. Stewart; Volker C. Radeloff; Roger B. Hammer; Patricia M. Alexandre
Source: Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal. 28(8): 839-856.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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Adapting to Wildfire: Rebuilding After Home Loss
DescriptionWildfire management now emphasizes fire-adapted communities that coexist with wildfires, although it is unclear how communities will progress to this goal. Hazards research suggests that response to wildfire - specifically, rebuilding after fire - may be a crucial opportunity for homeowner and community adaptation. We explore rebuilding after the 2010 Fourmile Canyon Fire from Boulder, CO, that destroyed 165 homes, to better understand individual and community adaptation after wildfire. We examined changes in perception of fire risk and structural characteristics and vegetation mitigation of rebuilt homes, to examine how homes, homeowners, and communities changed after fire. We found evidence that adaptation is occurring, as well as evidence that it is not. Overall, rebuilding was slow. More than 31 2 years after the fire, only 30% of those who had lost homes had rebuilt. Postfire rebuilding will only change a fraction of homes, but it is a critical process to understand.
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CitationMockrin, Miranda H.; Stewart, Susan I.; Radeloff, Volker C.; Hammer, Roger B.; Alexandre, Patricia M. 2015. Adapting to wildfire: Rebuilding after home loss. Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal. 28(8): 839-856.
Keywordsadaptation, community, fire-adapted communities, hazard, rebuilding, wildfire, WUI
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