The relative impacts of vegetation, topography and spatial arrangement on building loss to wildfires in case studies of California and ColoradoAuthor(s): Patricia M. Alexandre; Susan I. Stewart; Miranda H. Mockrin; Nicholas S. Keuler; Alexandra D. Syphard; Avi Bar-Massada; Murray K. Clayton; Volker C. Radeloff
Source: Landscape Ecology. 31: 415-430.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionWildfires destroy thousands of buildings every year in the wildland urban interface. However, fire typically only destroys a fraction of the buildings within a given fire perimeter, suggesting more could be done to mitigate risk if we understood how to configure residential landscapes so that both people and buildings could survive fire.
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Alexandre, Patricia M.; Stewart, Susan I.; Mockrin, Miranda H.; Keuler, Nicholas S.; Syphard, Alexandra D.; Bar-Massada, Avi; Clayton, Murray K.; Radeloff, Volker C. 2016. The relative impacts of vegetation, topography and spatial arrangement on building loss to wildfires in case studies of California and Colorado. Landscape Ecology. 31: 415-430.
KeywordsWUI, building loss, wildfires, FRAGSTATS, logistic regression, best-subsets
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