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A fire-affected community: the case of the West Melton fire, December 2003Author(s): Laura Kelly; Pamela J. Jakes; E.R. Langer
Source: Fire Technology Transfer Note 36. Scion. 4 p.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionA study of a fire-affected community was conducted to gain an understanding of the social ramifications of a wildfire event and to analyse how one community responded to this type of disaster. The research focused on the West Melton community, located just west of Christchurch, in the Selwyn District. This is the first in a series of case studies planned by the Scion Rural Fire Research Group to examine community resilience to, and recovery from, wildfire events. The research for this study was carried out by Laura Kelly for a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, with additional supervision by the University of Tasmania and Scion.
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CitationKelly, Laura; Jakes, Pamela J.; Langer, E.R. 2008. A fire-affected community: the case of the West Melton fire, December 2003. Fire Technology Transfer Note 36. Scion. 4 p.
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