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    Author(s): Brian Cooke; Daniel Williams; Travis Paveglio; Matthew Carroll
    Date: 2016
    Source: Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 19. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Cooke, Brian; Williams, Dan; Paveglio, Travis; Carroll, Matthew. 2016. Living with fire: How social scientists are helping wildland-urban interface communities reduce wildfire risk. Science You Can Use Bulletin, Issue 19. Fort Collins, CO: Rocky Mountain Research Station. 9 p.


    WUI, wildland-urban interface, community wildfire protection plans, wildfire preparedness

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