Managing the wildland-urban interface in the northeast: perceptions of fire risk and hazard reduction strategies
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Brian Blanchard; Robert L. Ryan
Publication Year: 2007

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • cutting
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire hazard reduction strategies
  • fire management
  • firebreaks
  • forest management
  • homeowner perceptions-wildland fire risk
  • Massachusetts
  • National Fire Plan
  • New England
  • pine barrens
  • public information
  • thinning
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: November 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 52650
Tall Timbers Record Number: 29813
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Available
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Much of the recent work in reducing wildland fire danger has occurred in the western and southeastern United States. However, high-risk areas do exist at the wildland-urban interface areas in the Northeast and very little work has been done to understand the fire management issues in this region. Therefore, this study used a survey of residents and landowners within the Plymouth Pine Barrens of southeastern Massachusetts to assess community members' perceptions of wildland fire risk and hazard reduction strategies. The research results indicate that residents have a low perception of wildland fire risk but support the use of fire hazard reduction strategies, including prescribed fire, mechanical removal of trees and brush, and construction of firebreaks. Previous experience with wildland fire was a major factor influencing respondents' perception of fire risk. Furthermore, participants' knowledge about specific fuel treatments positively influenced their support for those treatments. Overall, respondents believe that actions should be taken to reduce fire hazard within the study area and would like to be involved in the development of fire hazard reduction plans. © 2007 by the Society of American Foresters.

Online Link(s):
Blanchard, B., and R. L. Ryan. 2007. Managing the wildland-urban interface in the northeast: perceptions of fire risk and hazard reduction strategies. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry, v. 24, no. 3, p. 203-208.