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Understanding homeowners' decisions to mitigate wildfire risk and create defensible space

Author(s): Angelo M. Sisante, Michael H. Taylor, Kimberly Rollins
Year Published: 2019
Description:

This article analyses homeowners’ decisions to undertake fire-safe investments and create defensible space on their property using a unique dataset from 35 wildland–urban interface communities in Nevada. The dataset combines homeowner information from a mail survey with their observed fire-safe investments obtained through parcel-level hazard assessments. We find that homeowners’ self-reported mitigation expenditures are driven by their subjective beliefs about their wildfire risk, whereas observed defensible space status is driven by their costs of investment. We develop a theoretical model of a homeowner’s fire-safe investment decision that accounts for our empirical results.

Citation: Sisante AM, Taylor MH, and Rollins KS. 2019. Understanding homeowners' decisions to mitigate wildfire risk and create defensible space. International Journal of Wildland Fire 28 (11): 901-911. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF18201
Topic(s): Fire Policy & Law, Fire & Economics, Risk, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 20377
Record updated: Dec 9, 2019