Living with Wildfire in Delta County, Colorado: Cross-Community Comparisons   [open pdf - 915KB]

"Wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is a significant problem in Colorado, as in much of the United States. Wildfire risk mitigation refers to activities performed proactively, before a hazard event occurs, that reduce the chances and/or consequences of a wildfire. Actions taken by individual residents toward mitigating their properties' wildfire risks can play an important role in the effort to reduce the catastrophic effects of wildfires both to society as a whole and to the residents themselves. However, the relationships of wildfire risk mitigation actions to attitudes, experiences, and other considerations are complex [...], and WUI residents may be defined by subpopulations that differ widely in perspectives about wildfire issues, both within [...] and across different communities [...]. This research note summarizes two linked datasets for four WUI communities in Delta County, Colorado. These data include a general population survey of residents in the community and an assessment of the physical characteristics of all residential properties in the community [...]. This report summarizes the study design and focuses on the extent to which collected data vary across the four communities. It also provides information regarding knowledge, concern, and activities related to wildfire and wildfire risk mitigation among residents of each of the four communities, as well as the results of the corresponding assessment performed by a wildfire specialist for those same properties. Data collection was similar to that performed in the Log Hill Mesa community in Ouray County, Colorado, and reported in a previous research note [...]."

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Research Note RMRS-RN-67
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