Involving individuals who live and work in the flammable and fast-expanding wildland urban interface may be one way to reduce fire costs and losses. Engaging the community may result in collaborative projects to reduce risk in which both individuals and agencies contribute time and resources and increased awareness which may lead to more firesafe behaviors to reduce ignitions. One of the first efforts to engage communities in fire planning in the United States grew out of California�s 1996 fire plan. This early effort spread throughout the state and has continued to this day.
As the fire community increasingly supports the idea that community involvement may be an effective means of reducing costs and losses to wildfire, understanding the most effective ways to engage individuals in long-term collaborative processes is increasingly important. The goal of this research is to determine which tools and techniques have been effective ways to involve people in fire planning, and which efforts need further refinement. The focus of this research is on the 27 Unit fire plans developed by CalFire, the state agency responsible for protecting much of California�s privately owned wildlands from fire, and on the Community Wildfire Protection Plans created in California as a result of the Healthy Forest Protection Act.
This survey will guide coders through the process of evaluating each of the plans.