Title: Thinking of Wildfire as a Natural Hazard
Author: McCaffrey, Sarah
Source: Society and Natural Resources 17: 509-516
Description: Natural hazards theory with its emphasis on understanding the human-hazard interaction has much to offer in better understanding how individuals respond to the wildfire hazard. Ironically, very few natural hazards studies have actually looked at wildfires, despite the insights the field might offer. This report is structured around four interrelated questions that are often heard from individuals involved with wildfire management. Examining these four items through the natural hazards lens can demonstrate just a few of the ways the field can help us think more clearly about individual response to risk and how to increase participation in fire mitigation and support for fire management practices.
Keywords: natural hazards, risk perception, wildland fire, wildland-urban interface
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McCaffrey, Sarah 2004. Thinking of Wildfire as a Natural Hazard. Society and Natural Resources 17: 509-516.