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Northern Research Station
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
(608) 231-9318
(608) 231-9544 TTY/TDD

People and Their Environments

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People and Wildfire

[photo:] Firefighter tending a burn pile of downed tree branches in a snowy forest.

Wildfire is partly a natural phenomenon and partly a human phenomenon, and wildfire management is just as much about people as it is about vegetation or fire. People living in fire-prone areas often work with emergency managers, federal land management agencies, and local governments to improve readiness for, response to, and recovery from wildland fire.

We study the people side of wildfire management including individual and community actions before, during, and after fires. We examine collaborative wildfire planning, demographic trends, communication, public responses to fire fighting, and other aspects of changing wildfire policy.

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Last Modified: 11/04/2014