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Putting people first: Using social science to reduce risk

May 1, 2021

Wildland-urban interface residents, who occupy the areas where wildlands meet and mix with human development, are both contributors to and recipients of the disastrous effects of wildland fires. They contribute through fire starts, flammable homes, unmitigated properties, opposition to mitigation on nearby public lands, and land use planning efforts. We argue that successful, sustainable wildland fire solutions are only possible if the WUI residents are engaged. In this article, we describe an evidence-based quantitative social science model to illustrate how to put people at the center of wildland fire solutions. Our hope is to spur greater use of social science in evidence-based wildland fire programs.

Publication Year 2021
Title Putting people first: Using social science to reduce risk
Authors Patricia A. Champ, Christopher M. Barth, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Lilia C. Falk, Jamie Gomez, James Meldrum
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Wildfire Magazine
Index ID 70221141
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center