The occurrence of deadly and destructive wildfires affecting wildland urban interface (WUI) communities in recent years has drawn attention to the need to better ensure the safety of those living in these vulnerable areas. Our current focus is on WUI fire evacuations and the role of human behaviour in fire and evacuation decision making. We have worked in collaboration with researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States and we are working to form partnerships with Canadian agencies and communities. Several publications are currently in progress and under review. They will made available in the publications section once they are published.
Through our research we are developing a first-stage conceptual model of evacuation decision making using the Protective Action Decision Model (PADM). We are also looking at how to collect Canadian evacuation behaviour data and how the protective action decision making process can enhance future WUI fire evacuation models.