Wildfire research and policy development

This month has seen publication by the Royal Forestry Society of an article on deliberate fire setting in the countryside, written by Andy Moffat with colleagues in Forest Research. It explores the importance of understanding social as well as psychological drivers behind this destructive practice, and concludes that in places like south Wales arson should be regarded as a particular form of anti-social behaviour and is related to social deprivation. Wildfires are increasingly in the news at home and abroad (e.g. Arizona), and wildfire risk is a new inclusion to the 2013 National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies published this week HERE. Andy Moffat has been active in promoting the importance of understanding and managing wildfire risk and will be a plenary speaker at the forthcoming Wildfire 2013 Conference in Cardiff in October.

For bibliographic information on the article, see HERE