Residents' responses to wildland fire programs: a review of cognitive and behavioral studies
Document Type: Book
Author(s): J. D. Absher; J. J. Vaske; L. B. Shelby
Publication Year: 2009

Cataloging Information

  • behavioral intentions
  • education
  • fire beliefs and attitudes
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire resistant plants
  • Firewise actions
  • forest management
  • population density
  • public information
  • site treatments
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Record Last Modified: August 6, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 49238
Tall Timbers Record Number: 25574
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:PSW-223
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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A compilation and summary of four research studies is presented. They were aimed at developing a theoretical and practical understanding of homeowners' attitudes and behaviors in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) in relation to the threat from wildland fires. Individual studies focussed on models and methods that measured (1) value orientations (patterns of basic beliefs) toward natural processes, (2) attitudes toward wildland fire policies, and (3) behavioral intentions to adopt defensible space activities or support agency policies/actions. This report presents some of the key findings from these studies, highlights the practical consequences of adopting a theory-based approach to understanding wildland fire management in urbanized areas, and suggests strategies for successful wildfire-prevention education programs.

Absher, J. D., J. J. Vaske, and L. B. Shelby. 2009. Residents' responses to wildland fire programs: a review of cognitive and behavioral studies. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-223. Albany, CA, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station.