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Badly Burned? Effects of an Escaped Prescribed Burn on Social Acceptability of Wildland Fuels Treatments

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In Sept. 2003, a prescribed burn on the Uinta National Forest escaped, costing nearly $3 million to extinguish while choking Utah cities with smoke for a week. When the incident drew harsh criticism from local officials and news media, fire managers worried that prescribed burning no longer would be feasible in northern Utah. Subsequently, we surveyed residents of three affected counties, including respondents to a 2001 survey, about acceptability of fuels management practices. Results suggest prescribed fire remains an acceptable tool for some situations but citizens doubt agencies' ability to use it effectively, especially near populated areas.
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Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; fuels; natural resource management; natural resources; prescribed fire; social acceptability

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor Department of Environment & Society Utah State University 5215 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322-5215, Email: brunsonm@usu.edu 2: Undergraduate Research Assistant Department of Environment & Society Utah State University 5215 Old Main Hill Logan UT 84322-5215

Publication date: 2005-04-01

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