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Comparative wildland urban fire policy : the Australian prepare, act, and survive approach during the Waldo Canyon Fire in the United States

by Landsman, Charles King

Abstract

Wildfires worldwide are increasing in intensity and frequency while more residents move into the wildland urban interface. Fires such as the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, Colorado emphasized this sad reality in June of 2012. Because of worsening conditions, many regions around the United States are exploring innovative policies to ensure residents are protected and the loss of structures is reduced. One such policy is the Prepare, Act, Survive approach developed by the Australians. Prepare, Act, Survive emphasizes mutual responsibility between residents and fire or land management authorities and encourages residents located in fire prone areas to prepare their property well before a blaze. Residents are then formally allowed to stay and defend their properties if they wish to do so or encouraged to leave well before the fire threatens them if they desire. This paper explores both the American Mandatory Evacuation policy and the Australian Prepare, Act, Survive approach. Finally, it predicts how many homes could have potentially been saved if residents had been allowed to stay and defend their property during the Waldo Canyon Fire.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:9565
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
106 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Kannan, Phillip Perramond, Eric
Department/Program
Environmental Program
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-05