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Public engagement in neighbourhood level wildfire mitigation and preparedness: Case studies from Canada, the US and Australia
- McGee, T.K.
- Journal of environmental management 2011 v.92 no.10 pp. 2524-2532
- case studies, government agencies, neighborhoods, risk reduction, wildfires, Australia, Canada, United States
- This study examined neighbourhood level wildfire mitigation programs being implemented in neighbourhoods in Canada (FireSmart-ForestWise), Australia (Community Fireguard) and the US (Firewise Communities). Semi-structured interviews were completed with 19 residents participating in the programs. A wide range of activities were completed as part of the three programs. Despite differences between the three programs, participants appeared to participate in the programs for three main reasons: Fire experience, agency involvement, and personal and family protection. A fire therefore provides a window of opportunity to engage residents in neighbourhood level wildfire mitigation programs. The neighbourhood level wildfire mitigation programs helped to reduce the wildfire risk, but also enhanced both community resilience and relationships between residents and government agencies.