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Resident and community recovery after wildfires [Chapter 9]

Author(s): Tara K. McGee, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Fantina Tedim
Year Published: 2020

Recovery after a wildfire is a process, both at the community or larger scale and for individuals. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) defines recovery as, “The restoring or improving of livelihoods and health, as well as economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets, systems and activities, of a disaster-affected community or society, aligning with the principles of sustainable development and ‘build back better’, to avoid or reduce future disaster risk.” Despite the growing wildfire social science literature and increasing impacts of wildfires worldwide, most social science wildfire research has focused on pre-fire mitigation and preparedness. While recent years have seen an increase in research that has focused on during fire dynamics such as evacuation decision-making, there remains little research specific to wildfire recovery.

Citation: McGee, Tara K.; McCaffrey, Sarah; Tedim, Fantina. 2020. Resident and community recovery after wildfires [Chapter 9]. In: Tedim, Fantina; Leone, Vittorio; McGee, Tara K., eds. Extreme wildfire events and disasters: Root causes and new management strategies. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier. p. 175-184. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815721-3.00009-6
Topic(s): Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Risk
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 21834
Record updated: Sep 4, 2020