Understanding wildfire mitigation and preparedness in the context of extreme wildfires and disasters

Sarah McCaffrey, Tara K. McGee, Michael Coughlan, Fantina Tedim

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    The causes of increased wildfire risk and human exposure around the world vary geographically and across socioeconomic gradients as both wildfire risk and potential adverse social outcomes are contingent on the specific local context. Ultimately, there is no consistent explanation for what has led to extreme fire danger in a given location. Therefore this chapter does not focus on regional specifics but provides a broad overview of a range of factors and dynamics to consider in understanding the human-wildfire relationship based on insights gained from three fields of social science research: (1) natural hazards, which provides a framework for how societies and individuals perceive and respond to the wildfire hazard, (2) diffusion of innovations, which provides further guidance on factors that may influence adoption of fire mitigation measures, and (3) risk and crisis communication which provides insight into key dynamics to consider in effective outreach efforts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationExtreme Wildfire Events and Disasters
    Subtitle of host publicationRoot Causes and New Management Strategies
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128157213
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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