Wildfire Adapted Partnership (WAP) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect lives and property from wildfire by inspiring, educating and enabling individuals and communities in southwest Colorado. In this presentation, participants will learn about WAP’s education and incentive programs for residents including its unique Neighborhood Ambassador program that utilizes volunteers as sparkplugs in their communities in order to accomplish more wildfire preparedness. Participants will also take a look at how this approach proved beneficial during the 416 Fire that burned north of Durango last summer.
Lauren Dupey (PhD candidate at USU studying Human Dimensions of Wildfire in the Intermountain West) surveyed residents of La Plata county living in the evacuation and pre-evacuation zones during the 416 fire. She asked residents to identify their thoughts on the likeliness that a fire could occur both before and after the 416 fire, as well as identify mitigation actions that were taken before and after. She will build on the WAP presentation and provide results that illustrate how the 416 fire shaped resident perceptions of future wildfires and their intentions to mitigate risk on their property.
- Ashley Downing (Executive Director of Wildfire Adapted Partnership)
- Lauren Dupey (PhD candidate at USU studying Human Dimensions of Wildfire in the Intermountain West)