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

Society and Natural Resources
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Abstract

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.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Wildland–urban interface residents’ relationships with wildfire: Variation within and across communities
Series title Society and Natural Resources
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2018.1456592
Volume 31
Issue 10
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 17 p.
First page 1132
Last page 1148
Country United States
State Colorado
County Archuleta County, Delta County, La Plata County, Montezuma County, Ouray County, San Miguel County