Video | Evacuation decision-making and behaviour in wildfires

By: Francisca Yunis Richter, based on the research “Evacuation decision-making and behavior in wildfires: Past research, current challenges and future research agenda”, content made by Dr. Erica Kuligowski, published on 2021

This study aims to analyze previous research on and data about evacuation behavior and decision-making during wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires, to identify areas for further research, and to propose a future study plan for additional data collection on important WUI fire evacuation themes (Kuligowski, 2021). Here you can access the full research:

Published on October 24, 2022

“Wildfires are becoming more common around the world, and households are frequently advised to evacuate when these fires threaten nearby communities. Effective evacuation requires an understanding of human behavior in wildfires, which is an area that needs further exploration”

(Kuligowski, 2021)

Rising temperatures and enhanced drought are contributing to an increased forest fire hazard, a longer fire season, and a high probability of more extreme weather. An increasing number of these wildfires are threatening communities near or within the wildlands, which is understood as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). WUI communities are areas where human settlements meet or mix with wildland fuel, and they include a wide range of populations and regions. WUI settlements are usually the most vulnerable to wildfires and the resulting physical, social, environmental, and psychological impacts due to their proximity to wildlands (Kuligowski, 2021).

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“Research in this area can support developments of evacuation simulation models, and improvements in education programs, planning, decision-making, and design requirements for community-wide WUI fire evacuation”

(Kuligowski, 2021)


Kuligowski, E. (2020). Evacuation decision-making and behavior in wildfires: Past Research, current challenges and a future research agenda. Fire Safety Journal. Available at: (Accessed October 21 2022)

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