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Keys to community preparedness for wildfire

Author(s): Linda E. Kruger, Shruti Agrawal, Martha C. Monroe, Erika A. Lang, Kristen C. Nelson, Pamela J. Jakes, Victoria Sturtevant, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Yvonne Everett
Year Published: 2003

Assessments of a community's vulnerability to wildfires often focus on landscape conditions or ecological factors such as forest type, age distribution, forest health, topography, or hydrology. However, vulnerability is also a function of a variety of social factors. We need to understand both the social and ecological factors that influence community vulnerability to wildfire so that we can recommend strategies to decrease a community's risk within a given landscape. By learning how communities are preparing for wildfire and taking action to reduce risk, we can share examples of community preparedness activities with other communities and better understand how to support communities in taking action.

Citation: Kruger, Linda E.; Agrawal, Shruti; Monroe, Martha C.; Lang, Erika A.; Nelson, Kristen C.; Jakes, Pamela J.; Sturtevant, Victoria; McCaffrey, Sarah M.; Everett, Y. 2003. Keys to community preparedness for wildfire. In: Homeowners, communities, and wildfire: science Findings from the National Fire Plan, symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-GTR-231. 2002 June 2-5; Bloomington, IN. St. Paul, MN: USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station. p. 10-17.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11403
FRAMES RCS number: 2638
Record updated: Sep 8, 2020