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Title: An event-based approach for examining the effects of wildland fire decisions on communities

Author: McCool, Stephen F.; Burchfield, James A.; Williams, Daniel R.; Carroll, Matthew S.

Date: 2006

Source: Environmental management. 37(4): 437-450

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Public concern over the consequences of forest fire to wildland interface communities has led to increased resources devoted to fire suppression, fuel treatment, and management of fire events. The social consequences of the decisions involved in these and other fire-related actions are largely unknown, except in an anecdotal sense, but do occur at a variety of temporal and social organizational scales. These consequences are not limited to the fire event itself. Preparation for the possibility of a fire, actions that suppression agencies take during a fire, and postfire decisions all have consequences, if unknown currently. This article presents an ‘‘event-based’’ approach that can be useful for constructing and systematizing discussion about the consequences of wildland fire to human communities. For each of the three major periods within this approach, agencies, communities, and individuals make decisions and take actions that have consequences. The article presents an integrated, temporally based process for examining these consequences, which is similar to others developed in the natural hazards and disaster management literature.

Keywords: communities, social impacts, wildland fires

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McCool, Stephen F.; Burchfield, James A.; Williams, Daniel R.; Carroll, Matthew S. 2006. An event-based approach for examining the effects of wildland fire decisions on communities. Environmental management. 37(4): 437-450

 


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