Building bridges to fight fire: the role of informal social interactions in six Colorado wildland - urban interface communities Journal Article uri icon



  • ; ; Property owners in fire-prone communities have been identified as key stakeholders in the wildfire dilemma. Although past research has examined stakeholder characteristics and their behaviours, less is known about how small-scale social processes among stakeholders might shape mitigation decision-making and related actions. This manuscript highlights the role informal social interactions play in building bridges among full-time and part-time residents that facilitate the spread of wildfire information and galvanise small-scale cooperative efforts to reduce wildfire risk. Data from in-depth interviews conducted with residents in six fire-prone Colorado communities indicate that these interactions create bridging capital that links those who are not likely to be the direct recipients of wildfire outreach efforts to those who are.;

publication date

  • January 1, 2010

Date in CU Experts

  • February 10, 2021 8:32 AM

Full Author List

  • Brenkert-Smith H

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-8001

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 689

end page

  • 689


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