Award Date

8-2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science

Department

Environmental Science

First Committee Member

Dr. Helen Neill, Ph.D., Examination Committee Chair

Number of Pages

123

Abstract

The federal government lists Kyle Canyon, Nevada, as an at-risk wildland-urban interface community. Stakeholders' attitudes and preferences about wildfires and mitigation options were assessed through a survey. 541 surveys were sent and 107 returned. More than a majority of stakeholders report the chances of wildfire occurrence as very likely. Stakeholders demonstrate consensus in reporting high concern about wildfire potential for Kyle Canyon, Nevada. Fire fighters assign the greatest responsibility for mitigating wildfire risks to Clark County, Nevada, and the federal government, while resident property owners do not assign responsibility consistently to any particular group. Trimming is the most favored mitigation method, and most stakeholders report an aversion to prescribed burning. The amounts of money that people are willing to pay monthly or annually for mitigation methods are variable and not significant for property owners, yet significant negatively for fire fighters with respect to the annual payment. Within the framework of the risk, communication and economics disciplines, this study offers strong evidence that resident and non-resident property owners and firefighters should be directly involved in making decisions regarding wildfire risk in Kyle Canyon, Nevada.

Keywords

Kyle Canyon (Nev.); Nevada; Wildfires; Fire prevention; Wildfire risk

Disciplines

Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources Management and Policy

Language

English


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