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Public Perspectives of Fire Management

2017EraofMegafiresphoto.pngPublic perspectives are a critical consideration throughout the fire management process, including around management decisions before, during, and after fire events. Working with local property owners and communities around planning and implementing fuel treatments and about actions they can take to mitigate their fire risk, both prior to and during fire events, are critical to improving future fire management outcomes. Proactive work with communities also is critical to effective co-management and shared stewardship efforts as it enables agency managers and stakeholders to build trust and develop clear communication processes to discuss critical land management and community needs and preferences. Resources curated here provide background to better understand the social issues that managers encounter in fire management and provide potential ways to address those issues.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Publications/Reports

2020 Walking through a ‘phoenix landscape’: hiker surveys reveal nuanced perceptions of wildfire effects
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Alexandra Weill, Lauren M. Watson, Andrew Latimer
2020 Why don't bushfire warnings work as intended? Responses to official warnings during bushfires in New South Wales, Australia
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joshua Whittaker, Mel Taylor, Christopher Bearman
2018 Understanding the factors that influence perceptions of post-wildfire landscape recovery across 25 wildfires in the northwestern United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Chad Kooistra, Troy E. Hall, Travis B. Paveglio, Michael Pickering
2018 The role of communication in preparation for wildland fire: a literature review
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lauren Remenick
2017 Policy scenarios for fire-adapted communities: understanding stakeholder risk-perceptions with Fuzzy Cognitive Maps
Technical Report or White Paper
Antonie Jetter, Steven A. Gray, Lisa M. Ellsworth
2017 Where you stand depends on where you sit: Qualitative inquiry into notions of fire adaptation
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hannah Brenkert-Smith, James R. Meldrum, Patricia A. Champ, Christopher M. Barth
2017 Advancing characterization of social diversity in the wildland-urban interface: an indicator approach for wildfire management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Travis B. Paveglio, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Jesse Abrams, Cassandra Moseley
2016 Factors related to building loss due to wildfires in the conterminous United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Patricia M. Alexandre, Susan I. Stewart, Nicholas S. Keuler, Murray K. Clayton, Miranda H. Mockrin, Avi Bar-Massada, Alexandra D. Syphard, Volker C. Radeloff
2015 Community experiences with wildfire: actions, effectiveness, impacts, and trends
Technical Report or White Paper
Autumn Ellison, Melanie Knapp, Jesse Abrams, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Travis B. Paveglio, Cassandra Moseley
2015 Effect of fire prevention programs on accidental and incendiary wildfires on tribal lands in the United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Karen L. Abt, David T. Butry, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Samuel Scranton
2015 A review of informal volunteerism in emergencies and disasters: Definition, opportunities and challenges
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Joshua Whittaker, Blythe McLennan, J. Handmer
2015 Local ecological knowledge and fire management: what does the public understand?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
John M. Diaz, Toddi A. Steelman, Branda Nowell
2015 'Put the wet stuff on the hot stuff': the legacy and drivers of conflict surrounding wildfire suppression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Travis B. Paveglio, Matthew S. Carroll, Troy E. Hall, Hannah Brenkert-Smith
2015 Re-envisioning community-wildfire relations in the U.S. West as adaptive governance
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jesse Abrams, Melanie Knapp, Travis B. Paveglio, Autumn Ellison, Cassandra Moseley, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Matthew S. Carroll
2015 Wildfire evacuation and its alternatives: perspectives from four United States' communities
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sarah M. McCaffrey, Alan Rhodes, Melanie Stidham
2015 Categorizing the social context of the wildland urban interface: adaptive capacity for wildfire and community 'archetypes'
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Travis B. Paveglio, Cassandra Moseley, Matthew S. Carroll, Daniel R. Williams, Emily Jane Davis, A. Paige Fischer
2014 Warning Tweets: Serial Transmission of Messages during the Warning Phase of a Disaster Event
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Jeannette Sutton, Emma S. Spiro, Britta Johnson, Sean Fitzhugh, Ben Gibson, Carter T. Butts
2014 Trust: a planning guide for wildfire agencies and practitioners - An international collaboration drawing on research and management experience in Australia, Canada, and the United States
Technical Report or White Paper
Bruce A. Shindler, Christine Olsen, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Bonita McFarlane, Amy Christianson, Tara K. McGee, Allan Curtis, Emily Sharp
2014 Public acceptance of wildland fire and fuel management: panel responses in seven locations
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Eric L. Toman, Bruce A. Shindler, Sarah M. McCaffrey, James Bennett
2014 Understanding evacuation preferences and wildfire mitigations among northwest Montana residents
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Travis B. Paveglio, Tony Prato, Douglas Dalenberg, Tyron J. Venn
2014 The community economic impacts of large wildfires: a case study from Trinity County, California
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Emily Jane Davis, Cassandra Moseley, Max W. Nielsen-Pincus, Pamela J. Jakes
2013 Best practices in risk and crisis communication: implications for natural hazards management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Toddi A. Steelman, Sarah M. McCaffrey
2013 Creating “Community”? Preparing for Bushfire in Rural Victoria
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Peter Fairbrother, Meagan Tyler, Alison Hart, Bernard Mees, Richard Phillips, Julie Stratford, Keith Toh
2013 Social amplification of wildfire risk: the role of social interactions and information sources
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Katherine L. Dickinson, Patricia A. Champ, Nicholas Flores
2012 Trying not to get burned: Understanding homeowners' wildfire risk-mitigation behaviors
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Patricia A. Champ, Nicholas Flores
2012 Place Mapping and the Role of Spatial Scale in Understanding Landowner Views of Fire and Fuels Management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Michael A. Cacciapaglia, Laurie Yung, Michael E. Patterson
2012 The role of trust in community wildland fire protection planning
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Paul R. Lachapelle, Stephen F. McCool
2011 Community wildfire protection planning: is the Healthy Forests Restoration Act's vagueness genius?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Pamela J. Jakes, Kristen C. Nelson, Sherry A. Enzler, Sam Burns, Anthony S. Cheng, Victoria Sturtevant, Daniel R. Williams, Alexander N. Bujak, Rachel F. Brummel, Stephanie A. Grayzeck-Souter, Emily Staychock
2011 Outreach programs, peer pressure, and common sense: what motivates homeowners to mitigate wildfire risk?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sarah M. McCaffrey, Melanie Stidham, Eric Toman, Bruce A. Shindler
2011 The art of learning: wildfire, amenity migration and local environmental knowledge
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Christine Eriksen, Timothy Prior
2011 Human relationships to fire prone ecosystems: mapping values at risk on contested landscapes
Conference Proceedings
Kari Gunderson, Stephen J. Carver, Brett Davis
2011 Fire safe councils in the interface
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Yvonne Everett, Michelle Fuller
2011 Understanding homeowner preparation and intended actions when threatened by a wildfire
Technical Report or White Paper
Sarah M. McCaffrey, Greg Winter
2011 Reducing fuels in the wildland-urban interface: community perceptions of agency fuels treatments
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Eric Toman, Melanie Stidham, Bruce A. Shindler, Sarah M. McCaffrey
2011 Complexity of homeowner wildfire risk mitigation: an integration of hazard theories
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Bonita McFarlane, Tara K. McGee
2011 Public perceptions of sagebrush ecosystem management in the Great Basin
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Bruce A. Shindler, Ryan Gordon, Mark W. Brunson, Christine Olsen
2011 What is limiting more flexible fire management-public or agency pressure?
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Toddi A. Steelman, Sarah M. McCaffrey
2010 Alternatives to evacuation during wildland fire: exploring adaptive capacity in one Idaho community
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Travis B. Paveglio, Matthew S. Carroll, Pamela J. Jakes
2009 Mapping tradeoffs in values at risk at the interface between wilderness and non-wilderness lands
Conference Proceedings
Alan E. Watson, Roian Matt, Tim Waters, Kari Gunderson, Stephen J. Carver, Brett Davis
2008 Wildfire smoke: a guide for public health officials
Technical Report or White Paper
Michael Lipsett, Barbara Materna, Susan Lyon Stone, Shannon Therriault, Robert Blaisdell, Jeff Cook
2007 The what, how, and when of social reliance and cooperative risk management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
George T. Cvetkovich, Patricia L. Winter
2007 Northern Inland West land/homeowner perceptions of fire risk and responsibility in the wildland-urban interface
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Brad R. Weisshaupt, Pamela J. Jakes, Matthew S. Carroll, Keith A. Blatner
2006 Trust in wildland fire and fuel management decisions
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Adam Liljeblad, William T. Borrie
2006 Prescribed fire: what influences public approval?
Technical Report or White Paper
Sarah M. McCaffrey
2006 Trends in public attitudes towards the use of wildland fire
Conference Proceedings
Katie Knotek
2000 Agencies within communities, communities within ecosystems
Conference Proceedings
Jane Kapler Smith, Kerry McMenus
1985 Visitor attitudes toward wilderness fire management policy - 1971-84
Technical Report or White Paper
Stephen F. McCool, George H. Stankey