Educating Homeowners About Wildfire

McCaffrey (2004) investigated what types of information are most useful to increase public support concerning defensible space, prescribed burning, and thinning activities.  She addressed this question using 273 mail surveys from homeowners in Incline Village, NV (1998).

Main Management Implications according to the study:

  1. Newspapers and magazines were a common source of information yet had limited influence on homeowner response to wildfire management and mitigation.
  2. Television had a negative impact on homeowner response to implementing defensible space
  3. A combination of in person delivery of education material and personal contact is the most effective method for educating about wildfire management and mitigation.

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