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Firewise Communities/USA®, fire prevention, homeowner’s insurance policies
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.
Muha, Jennifer, "Delineating Firewise Communities/USA® Developing Self-Mapping Techniques for Communities for Wildland Fire Behavior Modeling" (2014). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 55.