Understanding Perceptions of Residents and Officials to Reduce Wildfire Risk in Estes ParkPublic
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Wildfires have increased in both intensity and frequency across Estes Park, Colorado across decades. Collaborating with the Boulder Watershed Collective, we aimed to understand the perceptions surrounding wildfires from the perspectives of residents, town officials, and external organizations. We conducted 38 semi-structured interviews to understand wildfire plans and document experiences of residents regarding recent wildfires. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and coded to extract common themes and ideas. The need for evacuation protocols, the importance of communication, and the exclusion of vulnerable populations of Estes Park were among our key findings. The group primarily recommends that communication and education strategies be expanded to reach a greater audience in an emergency.
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