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    2013 Powerhouse Fire Burned Area Around Elementary School
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    2013 Powerhouse Fire Burned Area
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    2013 Powerhouse Fire LA County Fire Truck
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    2013 Powerhouse Fire The Lakes
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    2013 Powerhouse Fire Elementary School Thank You
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    2013 Doce Fire Public Meeting
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    Fire lookout at Old Station during Hat Creek Fire, Summer 2009
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About Firechasers

The Fire Chasers Team has been researching wildfire since 2008.  Our primary goal is to better understand how adaptive capacities such as communication efficacy during incidents relates to more disaster resilient communities.  We have conducted field research in Montana, Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming working with Type I Incident Management Teams, local cooperators, […]

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Transboundary disasters and network governance

The theme for this year’s Academy of Management (AOM) conference on August 7-11 is “Opening Governance.” Branda Nowell will present on the critical dimensions of this question and how to structurally organize complex networks. Large, transboundary disasters are one problem domain that involve a networked response due to the complex array of participants that must come together to manage interdependently under the dynamic conditions of crisis. Our general theory of network structure for governing incident response to transboundary disasters is shaped by the context and characteristics of these disasters.

Methodologically, we draw from the collective wisdom of 25 of the most elite and experienced incident commanders in the United States. Using a cognitive network approach based on their insights formed over decades of experience seeking to manage complex networks during disasters, we constructed a theoretical social network of an effective incident response network. The observed network conformed to a moderate core-periphery structure in which multiple central actors were linked tightly together and served as brokers, primarily between the core and the periphery.We analyzed this core-periphery structure to identify a set of propositions concerning the network structure and governance of effective incident response.

 

Operationally Engaged Landowners’ Evolving Roles

Mary Clare Hano, Clare Fitzgerald, Branda Nowell, Toddi Steelman, presented at the Society for Community Research and Action Conference June 25-28, 2015. Their presentation about operationally engaged citizens was part of the Community Psychology Applications in Disaster and Climate Change Research – Part 1.

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