Living with Wildfire in Arizona: A Homeowner Survey of Risk Perceptions, Mitigation Actions, and Educational Preferences

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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/193369
Title:
Living with Wildfire in Arizona: A Homeowner Survey of Risk Perceptions, Mitigation Actions, and Educational Preferences
Author:
Dolan, Corrine Mae
Issue Date:
2008
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The wildland fire risk in Arizona is increasing due to shifting land uses, growing residential communities, and changing climate. As the fire hazard increases, land managers and fire educators are faced with educating wildland-urban interface residents about their risk to influence homeowner behavior. To determine how homeowners perceive their risk and what information they use to make decisions about risk and mitigation, this study surveyed residents in previously identified high risk areas in Arizona in three different vegetation types. Results show that ponderosa pine residents are more savvy about their risk and more active in mitigating that risk. Grassland and desert scrub residents consistently report a lower perceived risk to wildland fire than their forest counterparts and perform less mitigation. Results suggest that grassland and desert scrub communities may benefit from the production and dissemination of fire-related materials detailing risk specific to these areas.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Wildfire; wildland-urban interface; survey; fire ecology
Degree Name:
MS
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Natural Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Halvorson, William
Committee Chair:
Halvorson, William

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleLiving with Wildfire in Arizona: A Homeowner Survey of Risk Perceptions, Mitigation Actions, and Educational Preferencesen_US
dc.creatorDolan, Corrine Maeen_US
dc.contributor.authorDolan, Corrine Maeen_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe wildland fire risk in Arizona is increasing due to shifting land uses, growing residential communities, and changing climate. As the fire hazard increases, land managers and fire educators are faced with educating wildland-urban interface residents about their risk to influence homeowner behavior. To determine how homeowners perceive their risk and what information they use to make decisions about risk and mitigation, this study surveyed residents in previously identified high risk areas in Arizona in three different vegetation types. Results show that ponderosa pine residents are more savvy about their risk and more active in mitigating that risk. Grassland and desert scrub residents consistently report a lower perceived risk to wildland fire than their forest counterparts and perform less mitigation. Results suggest that grassland and desert scrub communities may benefit from the production and dissemination of fire-related materials detailing risk specific to these areas.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectWildfireen_US
dc.subjectwildland-urban interfaceen_US
dc.subjectsurveyen_US
dc.subjectfire ecologyen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNatural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHalvorson, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.chairHalvorson, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDaniel, Terryen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2562en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659748495en_US
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