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Wildland-urban interface residents’ relationships with wildfire: Variation within and across communities

Author(s): James R. Meldrum, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Patricia A. Champ, Lilia C. Falk, Pamela Wilson, Christopher M. Barth
Year Published: 2018

Social science offers rich descriptions of relationships between wildland–urban interface residents and wildfire, but syntheses across different contexts might gloss over important differences. We investigate the potential extent of such differences using data collected consistently in sixty-eight Colorado communities and hierarchical modeling. We find substantial variation across responses for all considered measures, much of which occurs at the community-level. Our results show that many aspects of relationships with wildfire meaningfully differ both within and across communities. Our analysis suggests that some wildfire social science results will be relatively consistent across communities, whereas others will not, and this study contributes evidence to broader efforts for understanding which is which. As such, it provides important guidance for transferring the lessons of wildfire social science studies across contexts, and for practitioners who seek to understand the breadth of viewpoints within the communities with which they work.

Citation: Meldrum, James R.; Brenkert-Smith, Hannah; Champ, Patricia A.; Falk, Lilia; Wilson, Pamela L.; Barth, Christopher M. 2018. Wildland-urban interface residents' relationships with wildfire: variation within and across communities. Society & Natural Resources 31(10):1132-1148. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2018.1456592
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18837
FRAMES RCS number: 56893
Record updated: Feb 4, 2019