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FRAP Grantee Webinar – Community Impacts of Prescribed Fire: Findings from WUI communities from listening sessions and a survey of medically vulnerable adults
May 19, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
This presentation shows the community engagement component of the CAL FIRE Forest Health Research Program grant-funded project, “Public Health Impact of Prescribed Fire (PHIRE) Study.” This component consisted of two parts: listening sessions of Nevada and El Dorado County residents and a community survey of medically vulnerable Mariposa County residents. Based on results from both parts, the majority of community members supported the policy of increased prescribed fire, but there were still concerns regarding safety measures, health of humans, animals, and ecosystems, and the ability to control prescribed fire. Most participants experienced health impacts from smoke, including physical and mental health impacts. Many faced obstacles in trying to protect their health. Residents want more timely, practical information and reliable sources of information, including communication modes that are not internet-dependent.