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Mapping the Relationship between Social Vulnerability and the Wildland-Urban Interface in Paradise, CA

Authors: Mitchell Snyder*,
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Social Vulnerability, Wildland-Urban Interface
Session Type: Guided Poster
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How can we learn from a disaster and what steps can we take to alleviate future disasters? These questions, and many related questions the dovetail from it, fuel my research into the impacts of wildfire hazards on communities like Paradise, California. The November 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and largest fire in California history, killed 86 townspeople and burned over 150,000 acres, leveling nearly all the structures in the towns of Paradise and Magalia located in Butte County (Baldassari 2018; CalFire 2018). Given California’s relationship with fire , and the changes in recent fire regimes , I want to better understand the factors that mitigate risk for communities like Paradise, both prior to and closely following a disaster. Paradise is ideal for a case study, both because it had “some of the most advanced fire evacuation strategies” in the region (Kasler and Lillis, 2018), and my own relationship within the Paradise community. Thus, my poster seeks to critically examine the factors that contribute to the mapping of social vulnerability and the wildland-urban interface by applying a critical cartographic and political economic approach.

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