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Virtual Wildfire Keynote: Sarah McCaffrey

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 2:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
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Virtual Wildfire Keynote: Sarah McCaffrey

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Bill Lane Center for the American West

This keynote will highlight aspects of US Forest Service research that examines wildfire risk perceptions, incentives for creation and maintenance of defensible space, and key factors to consider in preparing for wildfire given the double threats of wildfires and COVID-19.

Dr. McCaffrey's current research focuses on broader social pieces of the fire management system including how stakeholders conceive of becoming a fire adapted community and barriers to increased use of fire as a management tool,  both prescribed fire and managing wildfires for resource benefits.  She has also begun work with a colleague to assess how social media can provide insight into various aspects of fire management, including whether tweets related to wildfire smoke can serve as reasonable proxy for air quality and how media portrayal of fire management varies  overtime and between coutnires (US, Canada and Australia).

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