Wildland fire, risk, and recovery: results of a national survey with regional and racial perspectives

  • Authors: Bowker, J. Michael; Hoon Lim, Siew; Cordell, H. Ken; Green, Gary T.; Rideout-Hanzak, Sandra; Johnson, Cassandra Y.
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
  • Source: Journal of Forestry: 268-276

Abstract

We used a national household survey to examine knowledge, attitudes, and preferences pertaining to wildland fire. First, we present nationwide results and trends. Then, we examine opinions across region and race. Despite some regional variation, respondents are fairly consistent in their beliefs about assuming personal responsibility for living in fire-prone areas and believing that residents of such areas should follow government guidelines for managing fire risk. However, we find divergence of opinion on ?trusting forest professionals? between African-American and Caucasian people. Across all survey questions related to fire management and public confidence, African-Americans appear to be relatively more concerned than Caucasian or Hispanic people.

  • Citation: Bowker, J. Michael; Hoon Lim, Siew; Cordell, H. Ken; Green, Gary T.; Rideout-Hanzak, Sandra; Johnson, Cassandra Y. 2008. Wildland fire, risk, and recovery: results of a national survey with regional and racial perspectives. Journal of Forestry: 268-276
  • Keywords: wildland fire, prescribed fire, fire management
  • Posted Date: September 17, 2008
  • Modified Date: November 7, 2008
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