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Characteristics of people who start fires...some preliminary findings

Author(s): John R. Christiansen
Year Published: 1971

Recreationists or city dwellers are usually most often thought of as being responsible for starting forest fires. But a limited study showed that fire starters were more apt to be people who lived near and worked on the National Forests. They were relatively young and undereducated, and had "good reputations" in their communities. Employers held responsible for forest fires started by their employees most often had multiple fire violations, but "good reputations" in their communities. These and other characteristics of fire-starters were identified by analyzing 165 Fire Trespass Reports from the Forest Service's California and Intermountain Regions.

Citation: Christiansen, John R.; Folkman, William S. 1971. Characteristics of people who start fires...some preliminary findings. Res. Note PSW-RN-251. Berkeley, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 11473
FRAMES RCS number: 11987
Record updated: May 14, 2018