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Much research on property owner participation in wildfire mitigation activities has been done in the USA and Australia but knowledge of Canadian property owner participation in wildfire mitigation activities is limited. This research aims to reduce this gap, by examining what mitigation activities wildland-urban interface residents in Alberta are adopting and factors that contribute to adoption. A mail survey collected data from a random sample of residential property owners in six Alberta communities during 2007 (n = 1,209). The survey assessed respondents' wildfire risk perceptions and factors influencing their adoption of wildfire mitigation activities. The results were examined among communities with lower and higher levels of community wildfire management. The results indicate that respondents were moderately aware of the risk from wildfires and that respondents from all communities had moderate levels of adoption. The most popular mitigation measures were those considered part of routine property maintenance. The implications of these results are discussed.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

8-3-2008 8:00 AM

Subject - LCSH

Wildfires--Alberta--Prevention and control; Wildfire risk--Management--Alberta

End Date

8-3-2008 5:00 PM

Session

Resource Management: International

Genre/Form

Conference Papers and Proceedings

Type

event

Geographic Coverage

Alberta

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Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Keywords

wildfire, mitigation, adoption, residential, community wildfire management

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Residential wildfire mitigation in Alberta, Canada.

Much research on property owner participation in wildfire mitigation activities has been done in the USA and Australia but knowledge of Canadian property owner participation in wildfire mitigation activities is limited. This research aims to reduce this gap, by examining what mitigation activities wildland-urban interface residents in Alberta are adopting and factors that contribute to adoption. A mail survey collected data from a random sample of residential property owners in six Alberta communities during 2007 (n = 1,209). The survey assessed respondents' wildfire risk perceptions and factors influencing their adoption of wildfire mitigation activities. The results were examined among communities with lower and higher levels of community wildfire management. The results indicate that respondents were moderately aware of the risk from wildfires and that respondents from all communities had moderate levels of adoption. The most popular mitigation measures were those considered part of routine property maintenance. The implications of these results are discussed.