Wildland fire, risk, and recovery: results of a national survey with regional and racial perspectives
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): James M. Bowker; Siew Hoon Lim; H. Ken Cordell; Gary T. Green; Sandra Rideout-Hanzak; Cassandra Y. Johnson
Publication Year: 2008

Cataloging Information

  • aesthetics
  • education
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire injuries (animals)
  • fire injuries (humans)
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire management
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • land management
  • post fire recovery
  • public information
  • range management
  • rangelands
  • recreation
  • rural communities
  • salvage
  • thinning
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Record Last Modified: January 28, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 47129
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23016
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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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. © 2008 by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Bowker, J. M., S. H. Lim, H. K. Cordell, G. T. Green, S. Rideout-Hanzak, and C. Y. Johnson. 2008. Wildland fire, risk, and recovery: results of a national survey with regional and racial perspectives. Journal of Forestry, v. 106, no. 5, p. 268-276.