Author

Jennifer Muha

Date of Award

6-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Firewise Communities/USA®, fire prevention, homeowner’s insurance policies

Department

Geography

Abstract

In an effort to collect boundaries of Firewise Communities/USA® participants in Colorado for academic and professional research, fire prevention efforts of homeowner’s insurance policy holders, and community-level risk planning, an instructional document for Google Maps Engine to self-define was developed. Ten ‘test communities’ were asked to participate, with a 60% response rate. From these responses, no initial problems or difficulties were noted. One boundary was used to model fire behavior in ArcMap, utilizing Spatial Analyst for fuel mitigation and the Wildland Fire Assessment Tool plugin to run behavior models with raster outputs. In conclusion, when Firewise communities worked in conjunction surrounding private and public land, the resulting fire risk was reduced at a greater rate versus the community working alone.

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