Perceptions of wildfire management practices in a California wildland-urban interface
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Perceptions of wildfire management practices in a California wildland-urban interface

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    Environmental Advances
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    Wildland-urban interface (WUI) regions are exposed to increasing wildfire risk due to the effects of accelerating climate change on fuel flammability, as well as a legacy of fire exclusion that promoted fuel accumulations in seasonally dry forests of western US. State and Federal land management agencies are evolving policies and directing new resources to reduce the effects on homes and infrastructure in the WUI through fuel reductions and enhanced fire management measures. A widely supported strategy is to involve homeowners and their communities in efforts to reduce their exposure to wildfire risk by changing the structure and amount of unwanted vegetation around vulnerable structures, among other practices. Although these practices can reduce vulnerability to wildfires, people are hesitant to implement them for a variety of reasons broadly related to the issues of capacity and access to information. Based on Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) conceptual framework, this study identifies salient factors impeding individual actions to reduce wildfire risks, and how those factors influenced willingness to participate in wildfire mitigation behaviors. This study examined intention to use prescribed fire and defensible space among community members as a wildfire management tool. Results from this study suggest intentions to undertake these wildfire management practices are positively associated socioeconomic characteristics, along with knowledge regarding best practices, some perceived reasons, or hindrances to implementation, and ability to collaborate with others. These research findings have implications for designing and implementing policy instruments and improving community members’ decision-making regarding practices to mitigate fire risk.
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    Environmental Advances, 12, 100382
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