Fire hazards at the urban-wildland interface: what the public expects

Environmental Management
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Abstract

Urban-wildland issues have become among the most contentious and problematic issues for forest managers. Using data drawn from surveys conducted by the authors and others, this article discusses how public knowledge and perceptions of fire policies and fire hazards change over time, the kinds of policy responses homeowners prefer as a way of preventing fire hazards at the urban-wildland interface, and how citizens view their own obligations as participants in interface issues. These data show that public attitudes toward fire have changed significantly over the past two decades and that educating the public about fire and the managers' use of fire can have positive effects on behavior. Yet, modifying the individual's behavior in regard to interface fire risks must also deal with important issues of individual incentives, the distribution of costs, and unanticipated policy impacts.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Fire hazards at the urban-wildland interface: what the public expects
Series title Environmental Management
DOI 10.1007/BF02394019
Volume 14
Issue 1
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Publisher location New York, NY
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Environmental Management
First page 57
Last page 62