As federal fire management policies shifted from complete fire suppression to recognizing wildfire as essential to forest ecosystems, the responsibility for managing wildfire risk has shifted from the federal government to being shared with communities and individuals, particularly in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) where large populations live adjacent to fire prone environments. Understanding the relationship between knowledge, perception, and behavior is critical in these areas because the actions, or inactions, of a few individuals can create hazardous conditions that affect the entire community.
This thesis utilizes qualitative methods to explore the perceptions of permanent residents in the Big Bear Valley regarding fire risk, mitigation, and community outreach and education efforts. Results indicate that residents are knowledgeable about fire risk, obtain information from varying sources, and do take action to mitigate risks on their properties.
|Commitee:||Dallman, Suzanne, Rodrigue, Christine M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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