The U.S. Forrest Service conducted case studies on residents who live in the area of the San Bernardino National Forest. This forest is infamous for its wildfires that often cause about 70% of nearby residents to evacuate their homes.
In a focus group conducted in 2007, 94% of residents reported to have taken measures to defend their homes against fires, including changing the landscaping of homes. However, residents mention barriers that hinder precautionary measures include lack of finances, physical limitations, and not wanting to change the landscaping around their homes.
Also discussed were the preferred methods residents wished to receive information about fire prevention and warnings and the preferred agencies that gave such information.
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