Causal reasoning of wildfire damage Public Deposited

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  • Attribution studies in social psychology predict that people tend to attribute the cause of natural disasters to factors associated with humans as opposed to nature per Se. The victims of natural disaster often consider natural disaster to be the result of not only natural forces but also human actions. This research investigates people's causal reasoning on wildfire damage. The research area was a high fire hazard zone on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Chico, California. In June 1999, survey questionnaires exploring residents' perception of causality of wildfire damage were sent to a random sample of area residents. The Butte Complex Fires occurred in the Chico area, in the summer of 1999. Semi-structured field interviews were conducted on site following the fire to understand residents' real-time perception of the causes of wildfire damage and their reactions to the wildfire and firefighting practices. A follow-up mail survey was also conducted to enhance generalizability of data obtained thorough field interviews. The results obtained from both mail surveys and field interviews provide insights into residents' causal attribution of wildfire damage. They suggest that salient factors in causal attribution include whether residents incurred damage, maintained a sense of control in their situation, or had personal relationships with firefighters. Results obtained from the pre-fire survey reveal that residents who have no wildfire experience tend to attribute cause of wildfire damage to cognitively simplistic and general notions such as cigarettes, while residents who have past wildfire experience tend to list more concrete and complex factors such as prescribed burning or lack of prescribed burning as the cause of wildfire damage.
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