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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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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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Fire Chasers at PMRA 2015

Several members of the Fire Chasers team presented at the 2015 Public Management Research Association Conference at the University of Minnesota from June 11-13. Topics were included on panels on public participation in governance.

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Network Leadership and Mission Conflicts

Toddi Steelman and Branda Nowell led a webinar on May 21, 2015. Their presentation addressed two different studies that explored dimensions of network management in large scale wildfires.

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Spanners in the Works

Clare Fitzgerald, Anne-Lise Knox Velez, and Dr. A.J. Faas presented at The Society for Applied Anthropology’s annual conference on March 24-28, 2015. They presented on how the roles of bridging actors in emergency response networks are important to disaster response outcomes. The presentation was based on a study of wildfire preparedness and response networks from twenty-one large-scale wildfire events in the wildland-urban interface near national forests in the American Northwest.

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Network Management and Performance on Complex Fire Events

Branda Nowell also presented at the International Association of Wildland Fire Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire conference April 20-24, 2015 about Network Performance on Complex Wildfire Events. Complex wildfire events in the wildland urban interface (WUI) necessitate the involvement of a range of responders representing fire operations, emergency response operations, local government, and the media. Effective communication and coordination among these different actors is critical to an effective response.

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Social Watch Out Situations

Toddi Steelman presented at the International Association of Wildland Fire conference April 20-24, 2015. Her presentation focused on Social “Watch Out” Situations for Incident Management Teams. In addition to managing the biophysical aspects of large wildfires, Incident Management Teams (IMTs) must also manage the social aspects of the fire.

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